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The Resource Fearing the black body : the racial origins of fat phobia, Sabrina Strings

Fearing the black body : the racial origins of fat phobia, Sabrina Strings

Label
Fearing the black body : the racial origins of fat phobia
Title
Fearing the black body
Title remainder
the racial origins of fat phobia
Statement of responsibility
Sabrina Strings
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 twentieth 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."--Amazon.com
Cataloging source
LBSOR/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Strings, Sabrina
Dewey number
305.48/896073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1220.U5
LC item number
S77 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Feminine beauty (Aesthetics)
  • African American women
  • Overweight women
  • Obesity
Label
Fearing the black body : the racial origins of fat phobia, Sabrina Strings
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the original epidemic -- Being Venus -- Plump women and thin, fine men -- The rise of the big black woman -- Birth of the ascetic aesthetic -- American beauty : the reign of the slender aesthetic -- Thinness as American exceptionalism -- Good health to uplift the race -- Fat, revisited -- Epilogue : the obesity epidemic
Control code
on1050457278
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vii, 283 pages
Isbn
9781479886753
Lccn
2018026988
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1050457278
Label
Fearing the black body : the racial origins of fat phobia, Sabrina Strings
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the original epidemic -- Being Venus -- Plump women and thin, fine men -- The rise of the big black woman -- Birth of the ascetic aesthetic -- American beauty : the reign of the slender aesthetic -- Thinness as American exceptionalism -- Good health to uplift the race -- Fat, revisited -- Epilogue : the obesity epidemic
Control code
on1050457278
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vii, 283 pages
Isbn
9781479886753
Lccn
2018026988
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1050457278

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