Challenging Weight-Based Oppression Through Critical Education
Conclusion: A Fat Pedagogy Manifesto
Constance Russell and Erin Cameron
So here we are at the end of The Fat Pedagogy Reader and the two of us find ourselves feeling in the mood for a manifesto. We have been inspired by our fellow authors who have shared 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, they illuminate possibilities and pitfalls for fat pedagogy. While we are pleased with the contributions, by no means do we think this book is anywhere near being the final word on fat pedagogy. Far from it! Considering “fat pedagogy” entered the lexicon only a few years ago, we imagine that this book is but a glimmer of what is to come in addressing weight-based oppression in and through education.
When we first pitched the book, we envisioned it containing insights gleaned from a wide variety of educational sites, including elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and informal and social learning contexts. Yet it has unfolded as a decidedly academic book given who responded to the call. The vast majority of chapter authors are employed in postsecondary institutions, and many of these share descriptions of their own teaching experiences. Given we both are university professors and our own chapters are reflections on our own teaching practices, obviously we value such work. Still, we firmly believe that fat pedagogy...
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