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Author Kirkland, Anna (Anna Rutherford)

Title Fat Rights : Dilemmas of Difference and Personhood
Published New York : NYU Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (208 pages)
Contents Preface; Introduction: The Challenge of Difference; Imagining Legal Protections for Fatness; Shifting the Blame; Balancing Functional Individuals and Embedded Selves; Governing Risk: Medicalization and Normalization; Accommodating Fatness; Conclusion: What Is Worth Wanting in American Antidiscrimination Law?; Notes; Index; About the Author
Summary Author Interview on The Brian Lehrer Show. America is a weight-obsessed nation. Over the last decade, there's been an explosion of concern in the U.S. about people getting fatter. Plaintiffs are now filing lawsuits arguing that discrimination against fat people should be illegal. Fat Rights asks the first provocative questions that need to be raised about adding weight to lists of currently protected traits like race, gender, and disability. Is body fat an indicator of a character flaw or of incompetence on the job? Does it pose risks or costs to employers they should be allowed to evade? Or i
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Subject Discrimination against overweight persons -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Discrimination -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Overweight persons -- Civil rights -- United States.
Overweight persons -- Social aspects -- United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0814749070