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The Politics of Weight

Feminist Dichotomies of Power in Dieting

Authors: Morris, Amelia

  • Presents unique and insightful analysis of the politics of weight, contributing to and expanding feminist debates on the body
  • Draws on and contributes to post-structuralist feminist work on the body in relation to dieting and power
  • Combines empirical interviews with dieters and fat activists 
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This book speaks to the politics of weight through an interrogation of dieting, power and the body. In feminist theory, there is no greater site of contestation than that of the body, and Morris explores how these debates often become centred upon a dichotomy between oppression and liberation. Whilst there is a vast diversity of scholarship that challenges this binary including post-colonial, post-structuralist and Marxist feminist work, the dichotomy nevertheless endures. The Politics of Weight argues that the ‘feminine’ body is not simply a site of oppression or liberation by drawing upon the intersections that exist between Foucault’s Discipline and Punish and post-structuralist feminist work on the body. This provides a unique lens for exploring weight. Through in-depth analysis of interviews with women who seemingly sit on either side of the ‘oppression’ and ‘liberation’ debate, members of dieting clubs and fat activists, the book highlights the complexities that surround women’s relationship to weight and the body. Likewise it draws upon the wealth of black feminist scholarship to explore the discourses surrounding Oprah Winfrey’s dieting ‘journey,’ seeking to demonstrate how discipline and race interact and how this plays out in dieting and weight.

The Politics of Weight will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including gender studies, sociology, geography and political science.


About the authors

Amelia Morris is a UK-based scholar researching interdisciplinary political science and political economy with an interest in gender, the body, weight, austerity and inequality. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Watching Our Weight: An Introduction

    Pages 1-34

    Morris, Amelia

  • The Dichotomy of Power: Feminist Debates on the Body

    Pages 35-72

    Morris, Amelia

  • The Dichotomy of Power in Dieting

    Pages 73-106

    Morris, Amelia

  • The “O” Factor: Foucault, Race and Oprah’s Body Journey

    Pages 107-142

    Morris, Amelia

  • Fat Activism and Body Positivity: Freedom from Dieting?

    Pages 143-179

    Morris, Amelia

Buy this book

eBook £35.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-13670-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £59.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-13669-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Weight
Book Subtitle
Feminist Dichotomies of Power in Dieting
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13670-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-13670-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13669-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 203
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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