Critical Bodies

Representations, Identities and Practices of Weight and Body Management

  • Sarah Riley
  • Maree Burns
  • Hannah Frith
  • Sally Wiggins
  • Pirkko Markula

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introducing Critical Bodies: Representations, Identities and Practices of Weight and Body Management

  3. Representations and Constructions of Body Weight and Body Management

  4. Constructing Embodied Identities

  5. Meanings of Body Management Practices: Women’s Experiences

  6. Critical Bodies: Discourses of Health, Gender and Consumption

    1. Sarah Riley, Hannah Frith, Sally Wiggins, Pirkko Markula, Maree Burns
      Pages 193-203
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 204-206

About this book


Using work produced from the critical and postmodern arena in social sciences, this book examines three key areas - representation, identities and practice - to explore and interrogate how body and weight management, subjectivities, experiences and practices are constituted within and by the normative discourses of contemporary western culture.


gender nutrition object relations theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Sarah Riley
    • 1
  • Maree Burns
    • 2
  • Hannah Frith
    • 3
  • Sally Wiggins
    • 4
  • Pirkko Markula
    • 5
  1. 1.University of BathUK
  2. 2.Eating Difficulties Education NetworkAucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.University of PlymouthUK
  4. 4.University of StrathclydeGlasgowUK
  5. 5.University of AlbertaCanada

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