The Fat Studies Reader

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Esther Rothblum, Sondra Solovay
NYU Press, Nov 4, 2009 - Social Science - 396 pages
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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.

  

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User Review  - Anna - Goodreads

This is a decent introduction to the field and its major concerns, but if you're already well-versed in HAES and related concepts, a lot of this info is probably old hat. The personal essays and participant/observation research pieces are definitely the strongest in the collection. Read full review

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User Review  - Erica - Goodreads

I find fat studies as a field too narrowly defined, and I think the limited purview of this collection is a result of that. Most essays do not go beyond activism to reach greater sociocultural or philosophical insights. Fine as a political movement, but not an academic one. Read full review

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Contents

WHAT IS FAT STUDIES? THE SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL CONSTRUCTION OF FATNESS
9
FAT STUDIES IN HEALTH AND MEDICINE
23
FATNESS AS SOCIAL INEQUALITY
111
SIZEISM IN POPULAR CULTURE AND LITERATURE
221
EMBODYING AND EMBRACING FATNESS
297
STARTING THE REVOLUTION
325
Fat Liberation Manifesto November 1973
341
Legal Briefs
343
About the Contributors
351
Index
359
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Sondra Solovay is an attorney, adjunct professor of law, content developer, and activist focusing on weight-related issues, diversity, and the law. She runs the Fat Legal Advocacy, Rights, and Education Project and is the author of Tipping t

Marilyn Wann is founder of the FAT! SO? 'zine and author of FAT! SO?: Because You Don't Have to Apologize for Your Size!

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