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ERIC Number: EJ1058625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
Gooey Stuff, Intra-Activity, and Differential Obesities: Foregrounding Agential Adiposity within Childhood Obesity Stories
Land, Nicole
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v16 n1 p55-69 2015
In Canada, forces such as the media, medical discourse, and public policy work to position childhood obesity as increased body fat content or excess adiposity due to various personal, social, and economic factors. Drawing on Barad's "agential realist ontology", this article aims to inhabit-with obesity in an effort to disrupt dominant understandings of childhood obesity, as illustrated in images from three children's picture books. By troubling the positivity inherent in dominant understandings of obesity, in which obesity is a knowable entity that refers to an anatomical body with excess adiposity, we might instead foreground the matterings of the human body at play amid the dynamic intra-actions of agential matter. This article will imagine how novel orientations toward childhood obesity might be made possible if we populate the adiposity of obese bodies such that we might engage with the intra-activity of agential adiposity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada