Investigating the current interest in obesity and fatness, this book explores the problems and ambiguities that form the lived experience of 'fat' women in contemporary Western society. Engaging with dominant ideas about 'fatness', and analysing the assumptions that inform anti-fat attitudes in the West, The 'Fat' Female Body explores the moral panic over the 'obesity epidemic', and the intersection of medicine and morality in pathologising 'fat' bodies. It contributes to the emerging field of fat studies
by offering not only alternative understandings of subjectivity, the (re)production of public knowledge(s) of 'fatness', and politics of embodiment, but also the possibility of (re)reading 'fat' bodies to foster more productive social relations.
Samantha Murray is a Senior Researcher in the Gendered Violence Research Network at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Prior to this, Samantha lectured in Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, Australia, and later worked in the not-for-profit sector. She has published several journal articles and book chapters on embodiment, and the discursive constructions of normalcy and pathology.
Introduction: The 'Fat' Female Body: Pathological, Political and Phenomenological Imaginings PART 1 Positioning 'Fatness' in Our Cultural Imaginary The 'Normal' and the 'Pathological': 'Obesity' and the Dis-eased 'Fat' Body 'Fat' Bodies as Virtual Confessors and Medical Morality PART 2 Fed up with Fat-Phobia: Coming Out as 'Fat' Fat Pride and the Insistence on the Voluntarist Subject Fattening Up Foucault: A 'Fat' Counter-Aesthetic? PART 3 Throwing Off Discourse? Questions of Ambivalence and the Mind/Body Split ('Fat') 'Being-In-The-World': Merleau-Ponty's account of the 'body-subject' Embodiment as Ambiguity: 'Fatness' as it is Lived Afterword: 'Fat' Bodily Being