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Fat Bodies, Health and the Media

Authors: Raisborough, Jayne

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About this book

Our televisions bulge with weight-loss shows, as the news warn of the obesity epidemic. Fat is such a villain that larger people are stigmatized and we all are seduced by life-changing claims of a multi-billion pound diet industry. Yet, when we question if our bathroom scales can really tell us about our health, we start to ask just why and how fat holds such fascination.
In this book, Jayne Raisborough explores interpretations of fat bodies from Palaeolithic Europe to Poverty Porn TV to argue that fat’s materiality makes it ripe for stigmatising associations. However, especially in a social context that presents health as a matter of choice, fat also emerges as an ideal redemptive substance to be pummelled and starved into submission. This book presents a ‘fat sensibility’ to demonstrate how fat is helping us all become responsibilised healthy-citizens. It asks just what self are we being asked to diet ourselves into?

About the authors

Jayne Raisborough is Reader at the School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Brighton, UK. She is the author of Lifestyle Media and the Formation of the Self and co-editor of Risk, Identities and the Everyday. Her current work is an empirical, visual, exploration of women’s negotiations of anti-ageing culture.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Fat, the Media, and a Fat Sensibility

    Raisborough, Jayne

    Pages 1-22

  • The Matter of Fat

    Raisborough, Jayne

    Pages 25-50

  • Fat Gets Melodramatic: The Obesity Epidemic and the News

    Raisborough, Jayne

    Pages 51-76

  • Fat Finds Lifestyle: Introducing Reality Television

    Raisborough, Jayne

    Pages 77-97

  • The Before: Fat Gets Ready for a Makeover

    Raisborough, Jayne

    Pages 101-117

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-28887-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $100.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-28886-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fat Bodies, Health and the Media
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-28887-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-28887-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-28886-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 187
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