An Uncomfortable Fit: Fatness, Femininity and the University
AbstractDrawing on interviews conducted with self-identified fat women undergraduates, this paper examines how universities construct and reproduce dominant understandings of fatness. Specifically, three inter-related discursive practices are discussed: manoeuvring physical space on campus, constructing subversive subject-positions and confronting the silence and denial of fatness. Résumé En basant sur des entrevues avec des étudiantes au niveau du baccalauréat qui s'identifient comme ayant de l'embonpoint, cet article étudie comment les universitaires construisent et reproduisent une vision commune sur ce qu'est faire de l'embonpoint. En particulier, trois pratiques discursives interdépendantes sont discutées: l'espace physique de manoeuvre sur campus, la construction de sujets-positions subversifs, et la confrontation du silence et la dénégation de l'embonpoint.
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