In modern society, issues relating to fat, weight, physical activity, health, fitness, and body shape are never socially or morally neutral. This special issue of the Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ) features articles that show how obesity is not only a biomedical problem, but a sociocultural problem. The authors focus on the public discourses that demonize fat, the sociocultural meanings of fat, and the taken-for-granted assumptions that fat is wholly bad, even egregious.
SSJ aims to stimulate and communicate research, critical thought, and theory development on issues pertaining to sociology and sport. The leading and most authoritative journal in the field, SSJ maintains its strong commitment to the field by presenting analyses from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives, and welcomes new voices to the discussion of sport, play, games, exercise, leisure, and body culture.
Fatness, Fitness and the Moral Universe of Sport and Physical Activity
Kathy Zanker and Michael Gard
Pathologizing “Fatness”: Medical Authority and Popular Culture
Men, Physical Activity, and the Obesity Discourse: Critical Understandings from a Qualitative Study
Lee F. Monaghan
Athletic Fatness: Forgiving Corpulence in Elite Bodies
Big Girls Don’t Cry: Fitness, Fatness, and the Production of Feminist Knowledge
Unbearable Lessons: Contesting Fat Phobia in Physical Education
Heather Sykes and Deborah McPhail
Running Big: Clydesdale Runners and Technologies of the Body
Laura Frances Chase