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Life in this Fat Body: Exploring the multiple realities of fat embodiment

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dc.contributor.advisor Trundle, Catherine
dc.contributor.advisor Bonisch-Brednich , Brigitte Hancock, Tayla 2015-09-10T02:06:07Z 2015-09-10T02:06:07Z 2015 2015
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an anthropological enquiry of the fat body. It explores the narratives of eleven individuals in New Zealand and Australia who are fat, or who have experienced life as a fat person. In the midst of an ‘obesity epidemic’, biomedical narratives dominate public understandings of ‘obesity’ and present fat individuals as a picture of poor-health, as lazy and morally irresponsible. This discourse dominates current discussions of ‘obesity’ to the extent that narratives engaging with lived experiences of the fat body are frequently excluded from public discussion and popular thought. Using Annemarie Mol’s (2002) claim that reality is multiple, this thesis challenges this dominant discourse through a combination of personal narrative and photography. Participants were asked to take photographs and provide images that represent their experience of fat. Using their stories, I argue that understanding fat bodies is best explored through participants’ narratives of the multiple bodies they occupy and experience. My findings are used to challenge current representations of fat bodies in western society as I explore the multiple ways in which fat bodies are experienced, felt and negotiated. This thesis reveals that there are diverse types of bodies that emerge in different ethnographic moments, settings and relationships and these are political, social and embodied. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
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dc.subject Fat en_NZ
dc.subject Embodiment en_NZ
dc.subject Visual anthropology en_NZ
dc.title Life in this Fat Body: Exploring the multiple realities of fat embodiment en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Social and Cultural Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Cultural Anthropology en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Masters en_NZ Master of Arts en_NZ
dc.rights.license Author Retains All Rights en_NZ 2015-09-09T23:41:01Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ

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