Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia (Paperback)

Regular price $61.00

by Sabrina Strings

Description

How the female body has been racialized for over two hundred years.

.

There is an obesity epidemic in this country and poor Black women are particularly stigmatized as "diseased" and a burden on the public health care system. This is only the most recent incarnation of the fear of fat Black women, which Sabrina Strings shows took root more than two hundred years ago.

.
Strings weaves together an eye-opening historical narrative ranging from the Renaissance to the current moment, analyzing important works of art, newspaper and magazine articles, and scientific literature and medical journals-where fat bodies were once praised-showing that fat phobia, as it relates to Black women, did not originate with medical findings, but with the Enlightenment era belief that fatness was evidence of "savagery" and racial inferiority.

.
The author argues that the contemporary ideal of slenderness is, at its very core, racialized and racist. Indeed, it was not until the early 20th century, when racialized attitudes against fatness were already entrenched in the culture, that the medical establishment began its crusade against obesity. An important and original work, Fearing the Black Body argues convincingly that fat phobia isn't about health at all, but rather a means of using the body to validate race, class, and gender prejudice.

About the Author

Sabrina Strings is Chancellor's Fellow & Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She was a recipient of the UC Berkeley Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship with a joint appointment in the School of Public Health and Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies; Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, and Feminist Media Studies.

Product Details

Category: History, Racism Studies

Language: English

Format/Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

ISBN-10: 1479886750

ISBN-13: 978-1479886753

Publisher: New York University Press

Date Published: May 07, 2019

Pages: 296

Terms of Sale

All book sales are final. No returns or exchanges.

Purchaser will receive a new book that has never been read.

In stock books will be shipped within 7 business days of receipt of order via a major mail carrier (USPS, UPS, FedEX, or DHL) and may take up to 14 days to arrive depending on the carrier and destination.

Special orders typically arrive 14 to 21 days after purchase date. Pre-orders typically arrive on or around book's date of publication.