The 'Fat' female body

Samantha Murray

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197 Citations (Scopus)


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.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke, England ; New York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages196
ISBN (Electronic)9780230584419
ISBN (Print)9780230542587
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Obesity in women--Social aspects
  • Obesity in women--Political aspects
  • Body image in women
  • fatness
  • embodiment
  • gender
  • obesity


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