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The Fat Pedagogy Reader

Challenging Weight-Based Oppression Through Critical Education

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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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A ability, xi, 33, 55, 184, 211, 224, 227 abjection, 218 administration, 58, 260 adult education, 135, 252, 259 advocacy, 7, 146, 241–242, 252 alien spy, 215 ally, 37, 46, 49–50, 164, 173, 247 American Studies, 61, 66, 68, 203, 222–223, 252, 259 animal, 212, 214–220, 252, 257, 263 animal adjectives, 217 animal care, 214, 217, 252, 263 animal insults, 217 animality, 212, 214, 220 animalization, 212–213 anthropocentrism, 212, 218 anti-oppressive education, 35 anti-racist education, 252 art, 61, 65, 69, 133–135, 137, 139–140, 219, 235, 240, 251, 253, 260 art education, 133–135, 137, 139–140, 260 autobiography, 20, 129, 214 B beauty standards, 20, 211 biomedical, 2, 4–5, 83–86, 92, 103–104, 171–173, 236–237, 242–243, 247–248 biopedagogy, 259 biopolitics, 9, 38, 59, 89, 109, 131, 149, 172, 177–178, 187, 208, 219, 229, 239, 244, 248, 258, 264 body dissatisfaction, 2, 120–121, 141–143, 146, 149, 151–152, 154–155, 223 body fascism, 89, 97, 99 body image, 7, 20, 58–59, 67, 83–84, 118, 121, 133, 137, 139, 141–149, 152, 159, 165–166, 189, 215, 223–224, 229, 257, 259, 263 body image programs, 7, 141, 144–148 body pedagogy, 232 C cafeteria, 113–115 Camp Clover, 15–17, 19–20 case study, 88, 189–190, 196 civil rights, 3, 223 The Fat Pedagogy Reader: Challenging Weight-Based Oppression Through Critical Education272 classism, xi, 2, 4, 16, 21, 24, 31, 33, 37–38,...

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