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Revolting bodies? The on-line negotiation of fat subjectivity


1998 1998

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Abstract (summary)

The dissertation investigates the embodied experience of fatness in spaces between subjectivity and subjection on one Internet newsgroup and one listserve. Literature on identity politics, computer-mediated communication, and the social construction of the body is reviewed as it relates to the possibility of individuals with shared characteristics and/or interests utilizing technology to transform meanings for their corporeal experience. Using the methods of critical ethnography, I provide an interpretation of the ways in which site participants fluidly invoke and reject dominant meanings for the fat body within their project of resignifying fat bodies. Emergent themes include narratives of personal fat experience, comparisons of fit within cyberspace and "real" space, discussions of the pleasures and pains of fat bodies, attempts at guarding borders of identity and community, explorations of the mutual constitution of identities and oppressions, and finally, strategies for reconceptualizing fat.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Communication;
Mass media;
Womens studies;
Cultural anthropology
Classification
0459: Communication
0708: Mass media
0453: Womens studies
0326: Cultural anthropology
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Fat subjectivity; Internet; Negotiation; Online
Title
Revolting bodies? The on-line negotiation of fat subjectivity
Author
LeBesco, Kathleen
Number of pages
257
Publication year
1998
Degree date
1998
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 59/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599073425, 059907342X
Advisor
Cooks, Leda M.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9909180
ProQuest document ID
304438093
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304438093
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