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Fat: The Anthropology Of An Obsession
By Anne Meneley (editor) and Don Kulick (editor)
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Publisher J P Tarcher
Publication date January 13, 2005
Pages 246
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781585423866
ISBN-10 1585423866
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $17.95
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Summary
Draws on the expertise of thirteen anthropologists and an obesity activist to present a multicultural and social examination of fat-related attitudes throughout the world that argues that the state of being overweight is a culturally enforced status that is subject to widely varying public opinions. Original.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: An eclectic and highly original examination of one of the most dynamic concepts-and constructs-in the world.

 

With more than one billion overweight adults in the world today, obesity has become an epidemic. But fat is not as straightforward-or even as uni-versally damned-as one might think. Enlisting thirteen anthropologists and a fat activist, editors and anthropologists Don Kulick and Anne Meneley have produced an unconventional-and unprecedented-examination of fat in various cultural and social contexts. In this anthology, these writers argue that fat is neither a mere physical state nor an inert concept. Instead, it is a construct built by culture and judged in courts of public opinion, courts whose laws vary from society to society.

 

From the anthropology of "fat-talk" among teenage girls in Sweden to the veneration of Spam in Hawaii; from fear of the fat-sucking pishtaco vampire in the Andes to the underground allure of fat porn stars like Supersize Betsy-this anthology provides fresh perspectives on a subject more complex than love handles, and less easily understood than a number on a scale. Fat proves that fat can be beautiful, evil, pornographic, delicious, shameful, ugly, or magical. It all depends on who-and where-you are.



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9781585423866 | details & prices | 246 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $17.95
About: Draws on the expertise of thirteen anthropologists and an obesity activist to present a multicultural and social examination of fat-related attitudes throughout the world that argues that the state of being overweight is a culturally enforced status that is subject to widely varying public opinions.

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