From the historical construction of fatness to public health policy, from job discrimination to social class disparities, from chick-lit to airline seats, this collection provides an overview of fat studies, an examination of the movement's ...
Author: Esther D. Rothblum
Publisher: NYU Press
Category: Social Science
Explores a wide range of topics related to body weight. From the historical construction of fatness to public health policy, from job discrimination to social class disparities, from chick-lit to airline seats, this collection provides an overview of fat studies, an examination of the movement's fundamental concerns, and a look at its research.
We, the editors, would like to thank Marilyn Wann for her leadership in the field of fat studies, and the members of the Fat Studies Listserv for their dedication. In addition, we had an amazing literary agent in Ellen Geiger of the ...
Author: Esther Rothblum
Publisher: NYU Press
Category: Social Science
Winner of the 2010 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology Winner of the 2010 Susan Koppelman Award for the Best Edited Volume in Women’s Studies from the Popular Culture Association We have all seen the segments on television news shows: A fat person walking on the sidewalk, her face out of frame so she can't be identified, as some disconcerting findings about the "obesity epidemic" stalking the nation are read by a disembodied voice. And we have seen the movies—their obvious lack of large leading actors silently speaking volumes. From the government, health industry, diet industry, news media, and popular culture we hear that we should all be focused on our weight. But is this national obsession with weight and thinness good for us? Or is it just another form of prejudice—one with especially dire consequences for many already disenfranchised groups? For decades a growing cadre of scholars has been examining the role of body weight in society, critiquing the underlying assumptions, prejudices, and effects of how people perceive and relate to fatness. This burgeoning movement, known as fat studies, includes scholars from every field, as well as activists, artists, and intellectuals. The Fat Studies Reader is a milestone achievement, bringing together fifty-three diverse voices to explore a wide range of topics related to body weight. From the historical construction of fatness to public health policy, from job discrimination to social class disparities, from chick-lit to airline seats, this collection covers it all. Edited by two leaders in the field, The Fat Studies Reader is an invaluable resource that provides a historical overview of fat studies, an in-depth examination of the movement’s fundamental concerns, and an up-to-date look at its innovative research.
Rothblum, E. D. (2011). Fat studies. In J. Cawley (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of the social science of obesity (pp. 173–183). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Rothblum, E. D., & Solovay, S. (Eds.). (2009). The fat studies reader.
Author: Erin Cameron
Publisher: Peter Lang
Over the past decade, concerns about a global «obesity epidemic» have flourished. Public health messages around physical activity, fitness, and nutrition permeate society despite significant evidence disputing the «facts» we have come to believe about «obesity». We live in a culture that privileges thinness and enables weight-based oppression, often expressed as fat phobia and fat bullying. New interdisciplinary fields that problematize «obesity» have emerged, including critical obesity studies, critical weight studies, and fat studies. There also is a small but growing literature examining weight-based oppression in educational settings in what has come to be called «fat pedagogy». The very first book of its kind, The Fat Pedagogy Reader brings together an international, interdisciplinary roster of respected authors who share heartfelt stories of oppression, privilege, resistance, and action; fascinating descriptions of empirical research; confessional tales of pedagogical (mis)adventures; and diverse accounts of educational interventions that show promise. Taken together, the authors illuminate both possibilities and pitfalls for fat pedagogy that will be of interest to scholars, educators, and social justice activists. Concluding with a fat pedagogy manifesto, the book lays a solid foundation for this important and exciting new field. This book could be adopted in courses in fat studies, critical weight studies, bodies and embodiment, fat pedagogy, feminist pedagogy, gender and education, critical pedagogy, social justice education, and diversity in education.
A public pedagogy approach to fat pedagogy. In E. Cameron, & C. Russell (Eds.), The fat pedagogy reader: Challenging weight-based oppression through critical education (pp. 231–240). New York: Peter Lang. Rothblum, E. (2018).
Author: Cat Pausé
Category: Social Science
The Routledge International Handbook of Fat Studies brings together a diverse body of work from around the globe and across a wide range of Fat Studies topics and perspectives. The first major collection of its kind, it explores the epistemology, ontology, and methodology of fatness, with attention to issues such as gender and sexuality, disability and embodiment, health, race, media, discrimination, and pedagogy. Presenting work from both scholarly writers and activists, this volume reflects a range of critical perspectives vital to the expansion of Fat Studies and thus constitutes an essential resource for researchers in the field.
Author: Whitehead Anne WhiteheadPublish On: 2016-06-14
Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society 1.1 (2012), pp. 3–5. 11. Esther D. Rothblum and Sondra Solovay (eds), The Fat Studies Reader (New York: New York University Press 2009); Corinna Tomrley and Ann ...
Author: Whitehead Anne Whitehead
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Original critical engagements at the intersection of the biomedical sciences, arts, humanities and social sciencesIn this landmark Companion, expert contributors from around the world map out the field of the critical medical humanities. This is the first volume to comprehensively introduce the ways in which interdisciplinary thinking across the humanities and social sciences might contribute to, critique and develop medical understanding of the human individually and collectively. The thirty-six newly commissioned chapters range widely within and across disciplinary fields, always alert to the intersections between medicine, as broadly defined, and critical thinking. Each chapter offers suggestions for further reading on the issues raised, and each section concludes with an Afterword, written by a leading critic, outlining future possibilities for cutting-edge work in this area.Key FeaturesOffers an introduction to the second wave of the field of the medical humanitiesPositions the humanities not as additive to medicine but as making a decisive intervention into how health, medicine and clinical care might think about individual, subjective and embodied experienceExemplifies the commitment of the critical medical humanities to genuinely interdisciplinary thinking by stimulating multi-disciplinary dialogue around key areas of debate within the fieldPresents thirty-six original chapters from leading and emergent scholars in the field, who are defining its new critical edge
In The Fat Studies Reader , Eds . E. Rothblum and S. Solovay , 280–88 . New York , NY : NYU Press . Miller , C. T. , and K. T. Downey . 1999. “ A Meta - Analysis of Heavyweight and SelfEsteem . " Personality and Social Psychology Review ...
Author: Ariane Prohaska
Category: Social Science
This book offers cutting-edge, intersectional, and interdisciplinary research in the blossoming field of fat studies. The aim is to generate discussion about the complexity of fat oppression as a phenomenon and social force that permeates interactions both at an institutional and interpersonal level, impacting the lived experiences of fat people. Each chapter has been carefully selected to create a space to showcase the engaging intersectional and interdisciplinary fat studies scholarship that is taking place globally. This engaging book will take the reader around the world by examining: weight-loss classes in Ireland, Jamaican women’s views of health and fatness, the difficulties of immigrating while fat to New Zealand, fat activism in Finnish media, being fat and pregnant in Australia, a girls' camp in the United States, and the experiences of fat hatred felt by queer fat women in Canada. This book will inspire fat-studies scholars globally to incorporate intersectional approaches and qualitative methods in future work. The chapters in this book were originally published in Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society.
there are no fat studies scholars. And, therefore, we can all be fat studies scholars. As suggested in the foreword of the Fat Studies Reader, Marilyn Wann (2009), “in a fathating society everyone is fat” (p. xv). While fat studies' ...
Author: Michael Gard
Category: Social Science
The Routledge Handbook of Critical Obesity Studies is an authoritative and challenging guide to the breadth and depth of critical thinking and theory on obesity. Rather than focusing on obesity as a public health crisis to be solved, this reference work offers divergent and radical strategies alongside biomedical and positivist discourses. Comprised of thirty nine original chapters from internationally recognised academics, as well as emerging scholars, the Handbook engages students, academics, researchers and practitioners in contemporary critical scholarship on obesity; encourages engagement of social science and related disciplines in critical thinking and theorising on obesity; enhances critical theoretical and methodological work in the area, highlighting potential gaps as well as strengths; relates critical scholarship to new and evolving areas of obesity-related practices, policies and research. This multidisciplinary and international collection is designed for a broad audience of academics, researchers, students and practitioners within the social and health sciences, including sociology, obesity science, public health, medicine, sports studies, fat studies, psychology, nutrition science, education and disability studies.
“'I'm allowed to be a sexual being': The Distinctive Social Conditions of the Fat Burlesque Stage,” In The Fat Studies Reader, eds. E. D. Rothblum and S. Solovay, 299–304. New York: New York University Press. Bacon, L. 2008.
Author: John Cawley
Publisher: Oxford University Press
There is an urgent need to better understand the causes and consequences of obesity, and to learn what works to prevent or reduce obesity. This volume accurately and conveniently summarizes the findings and insights of obesity-related research from the full range of social sciences including anthropology, economics, government, psychology, and sociology. It is an excellent resource for researchers in these areas, both bringing them up to date on the relevant research in their own discipline and allowing them to quickly and easily understand the cutting-edge research being produced in other disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity is a critical reference for obesity researchers and is also valuable for public health officials, policymakers, nutritionists, and medical practitioners. The first section of the book explains how each social science discipline models human behavior (in particular, diet and physical activity), and summarizes the major research literatures on obesity in that discipline. The second section provides important practical information for researchers, including a guide to publicly available social science data on obesity and an overview of the challenges to causal inference in obesity research. The third part of the book synthesizes social science research on specific causes and correlates of obesity, such as food advertising, food prices, and peers. The fourth section summarizes social science research on the consequences of obesity, such as lower wages, job absenteeism, and discrimination. The fifth and final section reviews the social science literature on obesity treatment and prevention, such as food taxes, school-based interventions, and medical treatments such as anti-obesity drugs and bariatric surgery.
25 Paul Ernsberger, 'Does social class explain the connection between weight and health?', in Esther Rothblum and Sondra Soloway (eds), The Fat Studies Reader (New York: New York University Press, 2009), pp. 25–36. 26 Ibid., pp. 26–7.
Author: Dawn Woolley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Consuming the Body examines contemporary consumerism and the commodified construction of ideal gendered bodies, paying particular attention to the new forms of interaction produced by social networking sites. Describing the behaviours of an ideal neoliberal subject, Woolley identifies modes of discipline, forms of pleasure, and opportunities for subversion in an examination of how individuals are addressed and the ways in which they are expected to respond. Key modes of address that compel the consumer to consume are: sadistic commands communicated in adverts, TV programmes and magazine articles; a fetishistic gaze that dissects the body into parts to be improved through commodification; and a hystericized insistent presence that compels the consumer to present their body for critique and appreciation that is exemplified in the selfie. Woolley interprets the visual characteristics of different types of selfies, including #fitspiration, #thinspiration, #fatspiration, and #bodypositivity to understand how they relate to current body ideals. Healthism and culture bound illnesses such as hysteria and eating disorders are examined to demonstrate the impact of commodified body ideals on consumers' bodies. An analysis of thinspiration images (photographs of emaciated bodies shared on pro-eating-disorder blogs and websites) suggests that the anorexic body represents the logical (and fatal) end point for the idealised body in consumer culture. Fat acceptance selfies suggest there is a fourth mode of address, empowering presence that has the potential to liberate consumers from the 'trap of visibleness' produced by the other three modes of address. In conclusion, the book identifies some creative methods for producing selfies that evade commoditisation and discipline.
The Rhetoric and Structure of the Fat Acceptance Movement Erec Smith. 1. Paul Campos, Abigail Saguy, ... Dylan Vade and Sondra Solovay, “No Apology: Shared Struggle in Fat and Transgender Law,” The Fat Studies Reader, ed.
Author: Erec Smith
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Category: Social Science
Using Anthony Giddens’ Structuration theory and rhetorical theory, this book identifies fat acceptance activists’ tactics to end fat stigma. The book covers the benefits and detriments of social media in fat acceptance activism, the importance of symbolism and rhetorical savvy, and the use of narrative in fat activism.