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Fat

2nd Edition

By Deborah Lupton

Routledge

130 pages

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Description

In contemporary western societies, the fat body has become a focus of stigmatizing discourses and practices aimed at disciplining, regulating and containing it. Despite the fact that in many western countries fat bodies outnumber those that are thin, fat people are still socially marginalized, and treated with derision and even repulsion and disgust. Medical and public health experts continue to insist that an ‘obesity epidemic’ exists and that fatness is a pathological condition which should be prevented and controlled.

Fat is a book about why the fat body has become so reviled and reviewed as diseased, the target of such intense discussion and debate about ways to reduce its size down to socially and medically acceptable dimensions. It is about the lived experience of fat embodiment: how does it feel to be fat in a fat phobic-society? Fat activism and obesity politics, and related controversies, are also discussed. Internationally-renowned sociologist Deborah Lupton explores fat as a sociocultural artefact: a bodily substance or body shape that is given meaning by complex and shifting systems of ideas, practices, emotions, material objects and interpersonal relationships. This analysis identifies broader preoccupations and trends in the ways that human bodies and selfhood are experienced and practised.

The second and much expanded edition of Fat is twice as long as the original edition. Lupton incorporates the very latest current critical scholarship and research offered in the humanities and social sciences on fat embodiment and fat politics. New updated material is presented in every chapter, including substantial additional sections on new digital media. Fat is a lively, at times provocative introduction for the general reader, as well as for students and academics interested in the politics of embodiment and health.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Thinking about fat: a review of different perspectives

3. Governing fat bodies

4. The transgressive fat body

5. Being/feeling fat

6. Reframing fat: fat activism and size acceptance politics

About the Author

Deborah Lupton is Centenary Research Professor in the Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra. She is an internationally renowned sociologist and the author/co-author of fifteen other books, the latest of which are Digital Health: Critical and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives, The Quantified Self: A Sociology of Self-Tracking and Digital Sociology.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEA006000
HEALTH & FITNESS / Diets
HEA010000
HEALTH & FITNESS / Healthy Living
HEA019000
HEALTH & FITNESS / Weight Loss
POL029000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC002020
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Physical
SOC010000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOC012000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies
SOC017000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Lesbian Studies
SOC022000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC028000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOC032000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies