Critical bodies: Representations, identities and practices of weight and body management

Sarah Riley, M. Burns, P. Markula, Sally Wiggins, Hannah Frith

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This book showcases a selection of current work and debates on weight and body management practices that are being produced from the vibrant arena of critical and postmodern approaches in the social sciences. Weight issues have become central to Western understandings of health and identity, but analyses of weight and body management have often failed to contextualise weight related issues. This timely book addresses this gap by examining three key areas, namely, representation, identities, and practice, to explore and interrogate how body and weight management, subjectivities, experiences, and practices are constituted within and by the normative discourses of contemporary western culture.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages256
ISBN (Print)9780230517738
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2008


  • Critical studies
  • weight
  • body image
  • eating disorders


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