The Politics of Weight
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The Politics of Weight : Feminist Dichotomies of Power in Dieting

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This book speaks to the politics of weight through an interrogation of dieting, power and the body. In feminist theory, there is no greater site of contestation than that of the body, and Morris explores how these debates often become centred upon a dichotomy between oppression and liberation. Whilst there is a vast diversity of scholarship that challenges this binary including post-colonial, post-structuralist and Marxist feminist work, the dichotomy nevertheless endures. The Politics of Weight argues that the `feminine' body is not simply a site of oppression or liberation by drawing upon the intersections that exist between Foucault's Discipline and Punish and post-structuralist feminist work on the body. This provides a unique lens for exploring weight. Through in-depth analysis of interviews with women who seemingly sit on either side of the `oppression' and `liberation' debate, members of dieting clubs and fat activists, the book highlights the complexities that surround women's relationship to weight and the body. Likewise it draws upon the wealth of black feminist scholarship to explore the discourses surrounding Oprah Winfrey's dieting `journey,' seeking to demonstrate how discipline and race interact and how this plays out in dieting and weight.



The Politics of Weight will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including gender studies, sociology, geography and political science.
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  • Hardback | 203 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 14.22mm | 412g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2019
  • 1 Illustrations, black and white; IX, 203 p. 1 illus.
  • 3030136698
  • 9783030136697

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This book speaks to the politics of weight through an interrogation of dieting, power and the body. In feminist theory, there is no greater site of contestation than that of the body, and Morris explores how these debates often become centred upon a dichotomy between oppression and liberation. Whilst there is a vast diversity of scholarship that challenges this binary including post-colonial, post-structuralist and Marxist feminist work, the dichotomy nevertheless endures. The Politics of Weight argues that the 'feminine' body is not simply a site of oppression or liberation by drawing upon the intersections that exist between Foucault's Discipline and Punish and post-structuralist feminist work on the body. This provides a unique lens for exploring weight. Through in-depth analysis of interviews with women who seemingly sit on either side of the 'oppression' and 'liberation' debate, members of dieting clubs and fat activists, the book highlights the complexities that surround women's relationship to weight and the body. Likewise it draws upon the wealth of black feminist scholarship to explore the discourses surrounding Oprah Winfrey's dieting 'journey, ' seeking to demonstrate how discipline and race interact and how this plays out in dieting and weight.



The Politics of Weight will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including gender studies, sociology, geography and political science.
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Table of contents

1. Watching our Weight: An Introduction.- 2. The Dichotomy of Power: Feminist Debates on the Body.- 3. The Dichotomy of Power in Dieting.- 4. The 'O' Factor: Foucault, Race and Oprah's Body Journey.- 5. Fat Activism and Body Positivity: freedom from dieting?.- 6. The Body, Power and Dieting: Beyond the Binary.
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About Amelia Morris

Amelia Morris is a UK-based scholar researching interdisciplinary political science and political economy with an interest in gender, the body, weight, austerity and inequality.
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