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The Fat Pedagogy Reader

Challenging Weight-Based Oppression Through Critical Education


Edited By Erin Cameron and Constance Russell

Over the past decade, concerns about a global «obesity epidemic» have flourished. Public health messages around physical activity, fitness, and nutrition permeate society despite significant evidence disputing the «facts» we have come to believe about «obesity». We live in a culture that privileges thinness and enables weight-based oppression, often expressed as fat phobia and fat bullying. New interdisciplinary fields that problematize «obesity» have emerged, including critical obesity studies, critical weight studies, and fat studies. There also is a small but growing literature examining weight-based oppression in educational settings in what has come to be called «fat pedagogy». The very first book of its kind, The Fat Pedagogy Reader brings together an international, interdisciplinary roster of respected authors who share heartfelt stories of oppression, privilege, resistance, and action; fascinating descriptions of empirical research; confessional tales of pedagogical (mis)adventures; and diverse accounts of educational interventions that show promise. Taken together, the authors illuminate both possibilities and pitfalls for fat pedagogy that will be of interest to scholars, educators, and social justice activists. Concluding with a fat pedagogy manifesto, the book lays a solid foundation for this important and exciting new field. This book could be adopted in courses in fat studies, critical weight studies, bodies and embodiment, fat pedagogy, feminist pedagogy, gender and education, critical pedagogy, social justice education, and diversity in education.


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Editors Erin Cameron is an Assistant Professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memo- rial University in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada As a retired professional athlete and public speaker on health and wellness, her research interests are interdisciplinary and span across the fields of sport development, health and physical education, health promotion, and critical pedagogy Dr Cameron’s most recent research examines strategies to reduce weight bias and discrimination and promote positive body image in diverse settings such as sport, education, and health care Relevant publications include “Toward a Fat Pedagogy: A Study of Pedagogical Approaches Aimed at Chal- lenging Obesity Discourse in Post-Secondary Education” and “Teaching Resources for Post-Sec- ondary Educators Who Challenge Dominant Obesity Discourse,” both published in Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society Email: ecameron@munca Constance Russell is a Professor in the Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, where she teaches courses in environmental education, social justice education, and proposal writing She has long used intersectional analyses in her research, including the im- plications of feminism, ecofeminism, queer theory, critical animal studies, and fat studies for en- vironmental, humane, and social justice education Other research interests include fat pedagogy, interspecies relations, climate change education, and interdisciplinary and academic/activist col- laboration Dr Russell is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, the editor of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, and co-editor of the Rethinking Environmental Education book series for Peter Lang Email: crussell@lakeheaduca The Fat...

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