Transcript of "Thinking about Food and Embodiment"
Thinking about food and embodiment Deborah Lupton, Department ofSociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney
Bodies as social constructions• The lived experience of the body in everyday life• How bodies are governed, regulated and controlled• How bodies are culturally portrayed
• How other people’s bodies interact with our bodies: interembodiment/intercorporeality• Bodies as conceptually fluid and permeable: how body boundaries (literal and symbolic) are regulated• Bodies as assemblages
• Theorising fatness• Fatness and morality• The grotesque body• The abject body• The fluid, permeable body• Food/health/beauty triplex• HAES
Theorising fatnessFoucault:• the body• the medical gaze• the care of the self• governmentality• biopower and biopolitics
Feminist philosophers: fluidities, leaky bodies• Elizabeth Grosz• Julia Kristeva• Margit Shildrick
Queer theory• The cultural construction of embodiment/identity• Embodiment and identity as unstable• Gender and sexual identity as performed (Judith Butler)• The challenging of normativity
Health, diet and morality• Religious and spiritual beliefs• Health as an indicator of goodness• Body size as an indicator of self-control and self-discipline• Ill-health and fat embodiment as indicators of excessive consumption, lack of self-discipline
The grotesque body• Transgression• Excess• Lack of self-discipline and self-control• Ugliness
The abject body• Fluid, permeable• Not tightly contained or controlled• Monstrous• Object of loathing and disgust
The food/health/beauty triplex• Health, diet and attractiveness all linked to body size• Healthy = thin = beautiful
‘Queering’ Health at Every Size• HAES positions concepts of the body as natural and instinctive• By changing our view of our selves, we change others’ views• But can ‘nature’ and the ‘instinctive’ be separated from society and culture?
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