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Taking Up Space

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Taking Up Space is a sociological memoir about being fat and the physical, emotional and economic costs of trying to pass for thin in a culture that stigmatizes fat people. Making her own life a case study, medical sociologist Pattie Thomas, Ph.D., with the help of her co-author and husband Carl Wilkerson, M.B.A., outlines how stigma limit and shape the life chances of all ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published September 15th 2005 by Pearlsong Press
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Heidi
Pattie Thomas shares her personal journey recovering from treating fat as the enemy, and applies her understanding as a sociologist to her experience, and the messages we all receive.

She says, "Learning about sociological theory has afforded me a view of the social structures that shape my life and other people's lives in a way that is usually not noticed in everyday life. We do and say things with little thought to how we know what we know or where we learned what we think. Social interactions
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Natalie
I am just re-reading this book to review for a journal and I am reminded of how wonderfully-written, multifaceted, and important it is. To be honest, as a sociologist, I am not a fan of auto-ethnography or sociological autobiographies as I often find them to be navel-gazing insufficiently sociological. This book is a very notable exception to this critique. Thomas and Wilkerson succeed where others fail, in truly balancing context and personal narrative in a way that can be an example for all of ...more
Shelley
Unfinished at 15% read. The writing was distractingly amateur.
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