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The Hyper(in)visible Fat Woman

Weight and Gender Discourse in Contemporary Society

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Jeannine A. Gailey
    Pages 1-29
  3. Jeannine A. Gailey
    Pages 31-56
  4. Jeannine A. Gailey
    Pages 57-82
  5. Jeannine A. Gailey
    Pages 83-109
  6. Jeannine A. Gailey
    Pages 111-135
  7. Jeannine A. Gailey
    Pages 137-160
  8. Jeannine A. Gailey
    Pages 161-171
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 173-217

About this book


In The Hyper(in)visible Fat Woman Gailey investigates the interface between fat women's perceptions of their bodies and of the social expectations and judgments placed on them. The book explores the phenomenon of 'hyper(in)visibility', the seemingly paradoxical social position of being paid exceptional attention while simultaneously being erased.


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About the authors

Jeannine A. Gailey is Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University, USA. Her work has appeared in journals such as Social Psychology Quarterly, Fat Studies Journal, Deviant Behavior, Critical Criminology, Qualitative Research, and Journal of Gender Studies.

Bibliographic information


“The Hyper(in)visible Fat Woman is thought-provoking, well-written book and interesting read. … This book would make an excellent addition to the library of anyone engaged in fat studies work or feminist or sociological research, particularly projects addressing stigma, deviance, or inequality. The book may also be used for courses focusing on fat studies, the sociology of health and wellness, social problems, or stigma.” (Laura Jennings, Fat Studies, Vol. 5 (1), January, 2016)

"This book offers an important and timely intervention into the so-called obesity epidemic. In dialogue with the new fat studies scholarship yet firmly grounded in sociology, Gailey's analysis does something few other accounts do: give voice to the women who are more often talked about and around than enabled to speak for themselves. As much about the politics of visibility as it is about bodies and health, The Hyper(in)visible Fat Woman charts the psychological and social wreckage of fat phobia and discrimination. It is a poignant, compelling read, sure to be of wide interest." Monica J. Casper, Head of Gender and Women's Studies, University of Arizona, USA