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Conclusion

Abigail C Saguy

in What's Wrong with Fat?

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199857081
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315925 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199857081.003.0006
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This concluding chapter teases out theoretical and material implications of this study. This book contributes not only to our understanding of how fatness has been framed but more broadly to how social issues come to be defined in particular ways, with specific material implications. It has underscored the central role played by the people, groups, and institutions who participate in debates over fat, showing how their social location shapes their frames and affects the degree of social influence they wield. It has shown how, in this particular case, body size is a relevant part of the social characteristics that shape one's perspective. This book has shown how more powerful players, in terms of economic resources and cultural authority, have more influence in public debate. However, it has also pointed to the power of symbolic meaning. Specifically, master frames represent a potent cultural resource into which savvy people and groups can tap. Thus, the fat rights movement has had more influence than one might expect given their small size and limited resources, in large part because they have been able to link their cause to powerful political U.S. traditions of equality and diversity.

Keywords: obesity; fat; fatness; frames; body size; social implications; fat rights

Chapter.  5965 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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