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Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in the Modern West / Edition 2
     

Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in the Modern West / Edition 2

by Peter N. Stearns
 

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ISBN-10: 0814798241

ISBN-13: 9780814798249

Pub. Date: 09/01/2002

Publisher: New York University Press

The modern struggle against fat cuts deeply and pervasively into American culture. Dieting, weight consciousness, and widespread hostility toward obesity form one of the fundamental themes of modern life.Fat History explores the meaning of fat in contemporary Western society and illustrates how progressive changes, such as growth in consumer culture, increasing

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The modern struggle against fat cuts deeply and pervasively into American culture. Dieting, weight consciousness, and widespread hostility toward obesity form one of the fundamental themes of modern life.Fat History explores the meaning of fat in contemporary Western society and illustrates how progressive changes, such as growth in consumer culture, increasing equality for women, and the refocusing of women's sexual and maternal roles have influenced today's obsession with fat. Brought up-to-date with a new preface and filled with narrative anecdotes, Fat History explores fat's transformation from a symbol of health and well-being to a sign of moral, psychological, and physical disorder.

Author Biography: Peter N. Stearns is Provost and Professor of History at George Mason University. He is the author of many books, including Jealousy: The Evolution of an Emotion in American History and American Cool: Developing the Twentieth-Century Emotional Style, both available from NYU Press.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814798249
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

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