Shades of Shame and Pride

  • Megan WarinEmail author
  • Tanya Zivkovic


Obesity is a highly stigmatized category. Rather than focus on a taken-for-granted understanding of stigma, this chapter explores how the embodied effects of stigma—of shame and pride—shift in bodies according to different contexts, situations, and historical circumstances. Key to this analysis is the ways in which shame is shaped by class. Drawing on the theoretical insights of Probyn (Blush: Faces of shame. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005) and Tyler (The Sociological Review, 63(2), 493–511, 2015), we point to the multiplicity of de-stigmatizing strategies, and how shame and pride operate to produce creative strategies of “living poor” and distancing oneself from representations of fatness.


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  1. 1.University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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