Fat Oppression around the World
Intersectional, Interdisciplinary, and Methodological Innovations
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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.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Theorizing fat oppression: Intersectional approaches and methodological innovations
Ariane Prohaska and Jeannine A. Gailey
1. Crafting weight stigma in slimming classes: A case study in Ireland
2. Understanding fatness: Jamaican women’s constructions of health
Claudia Barned and Kieran O’Doherty
3. Frozen: A fat tale of immigration
4. Can ambivalence hold potential for fat activism? An analysis of conflicting discourses on fatness in the Finnish column series Jenny’s Life Change
5. "You will face discrimination": Fatness, motherhood, and the medical profession
6. Rock and rolls: Exploring body positivity at Girls Rock Camp
Trisha L. Crawshaw
7. Mapping the circulation of fat hatred
Jen Rinaldi, Carla Rice, Crystal Kotow and Emma Lind
Ariane Prohaska is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama. Her research interests include gender, bodies, fat studies, and disaster sociology. She has recently published in Fat Studies, Critical Policy Studies, and International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters.
Jeannine A. Gailey is Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University. She studies gender, bodies, fat studies, and sexualities. Her recent research has appeared in Fat Studies, Feminism & Psychology, and Qualitative Research. Her monograph, The Hyper(in)visible Fat Woman, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.