Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Leslie J. Harris
John W. Jordan, William M. Keith, Gwynne A. Kennedy, Kathryn M. Olson
Citizenship, Fatness, Good Body, Motherhood, Visual Rhetoric
The body, and visualizations of the body, serve as a way read appropriate consumption and citizenship: Weight operates as a key way to see literal consumption. U.S. citizenship is now commonly understood as consumptive bodily citizenship, where one's body, or one's child's body, communicates their civic standing. Drawing on three case studies concerning childhood obesity, this dissertation demonstrates how rhetorics of and about the fat body construct the public identity of good citizen and good mother.
Beerman, Ruth J., "Containing Fatness: Bodies, Motherhood, and Civic Identity in Contemporary U.S. Culture" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 859.