Weighty Issues Fatness and Thinness as Social Problems

Weighty Issues
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9780202305806
  • Druk: New title
  • oktober 1999
  • 273 pagina's
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Many people consider their weight to be a personal problem; when, then, does body weight become a social problem? Until recently, the major public concern was whether enough food was consistently available. As food systems began to provide ample and stable amounts of food, questions about food availability were replaced with concerns about ideal weights and appearance. These interests were aggregated into public concerns about defining people as too fat and too thin. Social constructionist perspectives can contribute to the understanding of weight problems because they focus attention on how these problems are created, maintained, and promoted within various social environments. While there is much objectivist research concerning weight problems, few studies address the socially constructed aspects of fatness and thinness.This book however draws from and contributes to social constructionist perspectives. The chapters in this volume offer several perspectives that can be used to understand the way society deals with fatness and thinness. The contributors consider historical foundations, medical models, gendered dimensions, institutional components, and collective perspectives. These different perspectives illustrate the multifaceted nature of obesity and eating disorders, providing examples of how a variety of social groups construct weight as a social problem.

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-Like its companion Interpreting Weight (Choice, Feb. 2000), this edited volume employs a social constructionist perspective. However, the articles here are sociohistorical and political-economic analyses of the processes that have defined social problems related to body weight. . . . The emphasis on the role of institutions and the historical perspective here will be particularly appreciated by those who may find that a symbolic interactionist perspective provides an incomplete sociological understanding of weight-related themes. General readers; undergraduates through faculty.- --L. A. Crandall, Choice -Weighty Issues focuses on fatness and thinness as social problems with subsections on historical foundations, medical models, gendered dimensions, institutional components, and collective processes.- --Carol A. B. Warren, Contemporary Sociology Like its companion Interpreting Weight (Choice, Feb. 2000), this edited volume employs a social constructionist perspective. However, the articles here are sociohistorical and political-economic analyses of the processes that have defined social problems related to body weight. . . . The emphasis on the role of institutions and the historical perspective here will be particularly appreciated by those who may find that a symbolic interactionist perspective provides an incomplete sociological understanding of weight-related themes. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. --L. A. Crandall, Choice Weighty Issues focuses on fatness and thinness as social problems with subsections on historical foundations, medical models, gendered dimensions, institutional components, and collective processes. --Carol A. B. Warren, Contemporary Sociology Like its companion Interpreting Weight (Choice, Feb. 2000), this edited volume employs a social constructionist perspective. However, the articles here are sociohistorical and political-economic analyses of the processes that have defined social problems related to body weight. . . . The emphasis on the role of institutions and the historical perspective here will be particularly appreciated by those who may find that a symbolic interactionist perspective provides an incomplete sociological understanding of weight-related themes. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. --L. A. Crandall, Choice Weighty Issues focuses on fatness and thinness as social problems with subsections on historical foundations, medical models, gendered dimensions, institutional components, and collective processes. --Carol A. B. Warren, Contemporary Sociology Like its companion Interpreting Weight (CH, Feb'00), this edited volume employs a social constructionist perspective. However, the articles here are sociohistorical and political-economic analyses of the processes that have defined social problems related to body weight... The emphasis on the role of institutions and the historical perspective here will be particularly appreciated by those who may find that a symbolic interactionist perspective provides an incomplete sociological understanding of weight-related themes. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. --L. A. Crandall, Choice

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Taal
Engels
Bindwijze
Paperback
Druk
New title
Verschijningsdatum
1999-12-31
Afmetingen
23,5 x 15,9 x 2,5 cm
Aantal pagina's
273 pagina's
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Nee

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Auteur
Sobal, Jeffery
Redacteur
Jeffery Sobal
Uitgever
Taylor & Francis Inc

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9780202305806

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Oorspronkelijke releasedatum
1999-10-31
Subtitel
Fatness and Thinness as Social Problems
Thema Subject Code
JBF

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