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Fat bodies in space: explorations of an alternate narrative

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dc.contributor.author Webb, Natasha K.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-03T18:08:42Z
dc.date.copyright 2021 en_US
dc.date.issued 2021-05-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/12928
dc.description.abstract For far too long ‘obesity’ and healthcare have been inextricably linked, both forming and maintaining distinct narratives responsible for the “fear of fat” North American societies have embraced. Largely unrecognized, fatphobia now permeates individual and social consciousness and creates considerable harm broadly and within healthcare practice and policy. The following study seeks to unsettle the pathologization and binary views of weight and bodies to contribute to a building of a more socially just, intersectional system of care. Fat Bodies in Space is a qualitative study situated on the unceded lək̓ ʷəŋən territories and grounded in critical race, queer and decolonial perspectives. The disproportionate impacts of fatphobia in Canadian healthcare are discussed through the stories of five self-described fat individuals navigating their health in Victoria, British Columbia. Storywork, narrative and autoethnographic methods were part of the collection and analysis processes. Findings suggest a longstanding relationship between systemic inequities, social discourse and the treatment of fat individuals within health care systems. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject social work en_US
dc.title Fat bodies in space: explorations of an alternate narrative en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Carrière, Jeannine
dc.degree.department School of Social Work en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Social Work M.S.W. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2022-03-26


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