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Thickening Fat

Fat Bodies, Intersectionality, and Social Justice, 1st Edition

Edited by May Friedman, Carla Rice, Jen Rinaldi


260 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Thickening Fat: Fat Bodies, Intersectionality and Social Justice, seeks to explore the multiple, variable, and embodied experiences of fat oppression and fat activisms. Moving beyond an analysis of fat oppression as singular, this book will aim to unpack the volatility of fat—the mutability of fat embodiments as they correlate with other embodied subjectivities, and the threshold where fat begins to be reviled, celebrated, or amended. In addition, Thickening Fat explores the full range of intersectional and liminal analyses that push beyond the simple addition of two or more subjectivities, looking instead at the complex alchemy of layered and unstable markers of difference and privilege.

Cognizant that the concept of intersectionality has been filled out in a plurality of ways, Thickening Fat poses critical questions around how to render analysis of fatness intersectional and to thicken up intersectionality, where intersectionality is attenuated to the shifting and composite and material dimensions to identity, rather than reduced to an "add difference and stir" approach. The essays in this collection ask what happens when we operationalize intersectionality in fat scholarship and politics, and we position difference at the centre and start of inquiry.

Table of Contents

Introduction Jen Rinaldi, Carla Rice, and May Friedman; Part 1: Our Heavy Inheritance; The Big Colonial Bones of Indigenous North America’s "Obesity Epidemic" Margaret Robinson; Origin Stories: Thickening Fat and the Problem of Historiography; Amy Erdman Farrell; Fat Pedagogy for Queers: Chicana Body Becoming in Four Acts Karleen Pendleton Jiménez; "May my children always have milk and rice": Problematizing the Role of

Mothers in Childhood Fatness in India Sucharita Sarkar; Tracing Fatness through the Eating Disorder Assemblage Andrea LaMarre, Carla Rice, and Jen Rinaldi; Part 2: Exploding Our Expectations; Critiquing the DSM-V Narrative of "Obesity" as "Mental Illness" Sarah Blanchette; Taking up Space in the Doctor’s Office: How my Racialized Fat Body Confronts Medical Discourse Sonia Meerai; "You’re Just Another Friggin’ Number to Add to the Problem": Constructing the Racialized (M)other in Contemporary Discourses of Pregnancy Fatness George Parker, Cat Pausé, and Jade Le Grice; Embodying the Fat/Trans Intersection Francis Ray White; Medicalization, Maternity, and the Materiality of Resistance: "Maternal Obesity" and Experiences of Reproductive Care; Deborah McPhail and Lindsey Mazur

Part 3: Expanding Our Activisms; No Bad Fatties Allowed?: Negotiating the Meaning and Power of the MutableBodyHeather Brown and April M. Herndon; Oppressive Liberation: BBW Bashes and the Affective RollercoasterCrystal L.M. Kotow; Thick Sistahs and Heavy Disprivilege: Black Women, Intersectionality, and Weight StigmaE-K Daufin; Photographing FatnessRachel Alpha Johnston Hurst; Queering Fat Activism: A Study in WhitenessEmily R.M. Lind; Part 4: Our Gainful Failures; Working Towards the Affirmation of Fatness and Impairment; Ramanpreet Annie Bahra and James Overboe; "Hey, Little Fat Kid:" My Impaired, Fat, Hairy, White, Male BodyMichael Gill; Reading and Affirming Alternatives in the Academy: Black Fat Queer Femme EmbodimentMary Senyonga; Fat Camp: A Conversation on YA Fiction, Fat Shame, and Queer LoveMarty Fink and Julie Hollenbach; Dismantling the Empire: In Defense of Incoherence and IntersectionalityMay Friedman

About the Editors

May Friedman is an associate professor in the Ryerson University School of Social Work and Ryerson/York graduate program in Communication and Culture, and she holds a Ph.D. in Women's Studies from York University. Dr. Friedman has a long publication history including the award-winning monograph Mommyblogs and the Changing Face of Motherhood, 2013 as well as five edited collections.

Jen Rinaldi is an assistant professor in the Legal Studies program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She earned a Doctoral degree in Critical Disability Studies at York University, and a Master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Guelph. She is the President of the Canadian Disability Studies Association.

Carla Rice is Professor and Canada Research Chair specializing in embodiment/subjectivity studies and in arts-based/research creation methodologies at the University of Guelph, and she holds a Ph.D. from York University and a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto. She founded Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice as a leading-edge arts-informed research centre with a mandate to foster inclusive communities, well-being, equity, and justice. She has received numerous awards for advocacy, research, and mentorship including the Feminist Mentorship Award and the Mary McEwen Award for Outstanding Gender Studies Scholarship, and she was recently inducted into the Royal Society of Canada. She has published numerous books and articles and directs multiple research grants.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General