Fatness and the Maternal Body: Women's Experiences of Corporeality and the Shaping of Social Policy

Unnithan-Kumar, Maya and Tremayne, Soraya, eds. (2011) Fatness and the Maternal Body: Women's Experiences of Corporeality and the Shaping of Social Policy. Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality, 22 . Berghahn Books. ISBN 9780857451224

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Abstract

Obesity is a rising global health problem. On the one hand, a clearly defined medical condition, it is at the same time a corporeal state embedded in the social and cultural perception of fatness and body shape and size. Focusing specifically on the maternal body, contributors to the volume examine how the language and notions of obesity connect with, or stand apart from, wider societal values and moralities to do with the body, fatness, reproduction, and what is considered natural. A focus on fatness in the context of human reproduction and motherhood offers instructive insights into the global circulation and authority of biomedical facts on fatness (as "risky" anti-fit, for example). As with other social and cultural studies critical of health policy discourse, this volume challenges the spontaneous connection being made in scientific and popular understanding between fatness and ill health.

Item Type: Edited Book
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Depositing User: Maya Unnithan
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:07
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2013 14:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10365
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