1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Fat Studies

Edited By Cat Pausé, Sonya Renee Taylor Copyright 2021
    310 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    310 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. Fattening up scholarship

    Cat Pausé and Sonya Renee Taylor

    PART 1: Defining fat

    2. "Am I fat?"

    Darci L. Thoune

    3. Quantifying or contributing to antifat attitudes?

    Patricia Cain, Ngaire Donaghue, and Graeme Ditchburn

    4. Language, fat and causation

    Kimberly Dark

    5. My life is intersectional, so my coaching has to be: Here is why this is a good thing

    Tiana A. Dodson

    PART 2: Theorizing fatness

    6. Feminism and fat

    Amy Erdman Farrell

    7. Big, fat, Greek modernities: On fatness, Western imperatives and modern Greek culture

    Sofia Apostolidou

    8. Does that mean my body must always be a source of pain? Sexual violence, trauma and agency in Argentinian fat activist spaces

    Laura Contrera

    9. Fatness and consequences of neoliberalism

    Hannele Harjunen

    10. Fat and trans: Towards a new theorization of gender in Fat Studies

    Francis Ray White

    11. Fatness and disability: Law, identity, co-constructions, and future directions

    April Herndon

    PART 3: Fat in the institution

    12. Fat in the media

    Katariina Kyrölä

    13. Being fat in a thin world: The politics of fashion

    Amena Azeez

    14. Fattening education: An invitation to the nascent field of fat pedagogy

    Erin Cameron and Constance Russell

    15. Fatness, discrimination and law: An international perspective

    Stephanie von Liebenstein

    16. Pregnancy, parenting and the challenge of fatness

    May Friedman

    17. Fat Studies and public health

    Natalie Ingraham

    PART 4: Living fat

    18. Reclaiming voices from stigma: Fat autoethnography as a consciously political act

    Jenny Lee and Emily McAvan

    19. Save the whales: An examination of the relationship between academics/professionals and fat activists

    Kath Read

    20. Fat hatred and body respect: The curious case of Iceland

    Tara Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir

    21. Desirability as access: Navigating life at the intersection of fat, Black, dark and female

    Nomonde Mxhalisa

    22. The impact of being a fat Chinese woman in Hong Kong

    Bertha Chan Hiu Yau

    23. Surviving and thriving while fat

    Sonalee Rashatwar

    24. Review of scholarship on fat-gay men

    Jason Whitesel

    PART 5: Fat disruptions

    25. Genealogies of excess: Towards a decolonial Fat Studies

    Athia N. Choudhury

    26. When you are already dead: Black fat being as afrofuturism

    Hunter Ashleigh Shackelford

    27. TransFat

    Sam Orchard

    28. Lesbians and fat

    Esther D. Rothblum

    29. What’s queer about Fat Studies now? A critical exploration of queer/ing fatness

    Allison Taylor


    Cat Pausé is Fat Studies scholar at the Institute of Education, Massey University, New Zealand, and the co-editor of Queering Fat Embodiment.

    Sonya Renee Taylor is an International award-winning writer and performer, published author, and founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, an international digital media and education company committed to radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool of social justice.

    "...the scholars of The Routledge International Handbook of Fat Studies take their readers by the hand and show them where they can find a place of their own within a necessary and essential field of study and activism. In adding this text to the fat canon, I believe, along with Pausé and Taylor, that the 'future of Fat Studies is very fat' (13)." - Ashlen Cheyenne Duhon, Fat Studies