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Degrading bodies in pandemic times: politicizing cruelty during the COVID-19 and obesity crises

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dc.contributor.author Monaghan, Lee F.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-20T07:59:45Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-20T07:59:45Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10689
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Mass communications frame fatness and COVID-19 as a dual threat. This discourse furthers well-established tendencies to degrade bodies labelled overweight or obese, positioning them as deficient and requiring correction. Empirically, this article draws from an online US right-wing news media platform, Campus Reform, including readers’ comments (n ¼ 135) on an article denouncing professors working in fat studies during the COVID-19 lockdown. This status degradation ceremony—backed by ‘big money’ that funds campus culture wars—not only targeted fat people but also academic disciplines, expertise, universities and social justice agenda. Analytically, this study draws from ethnomethodology and literature on media and bodyweight, meddling or health fascism, weaponized stigma and the politics of cruelty. Going beyond the flesh and a particular case study, it also challenges the ways in which cruelty enacted towards those deemed fat (especially women) can spiral into corrosive nationalist discourse in pandemic times en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher SAGE en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Communication Inquiry;
dc.subject COVID-19 en_US
dc.subject fatness en_US
dc.title Degrading bodies in pandemic times: politicizing cruelty during the COVID-19 and obesity crises en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/01968599211043403
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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