The Wonder of Things as They Are: Theorizing Obesity and Family Life with Art

  • Lone Grøn
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


In this paper, I reflect on art, often perceived as imprecise and elusive when compared to science, as a theoretical framework in its own right, as a way of thinking and philosophizing, which stays close to, to paraphrase the philosopher Stanley Cavell, our “relationship to things as they are.” I do this in three steps. First, I present data from an ethnographic fieldwork on family perspectives on the obesity epidemic; then I will introduce my use of the novel The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides and drawings by the Australian-based artist Maria Speyer. I end with some reflections on art as a mode of relating to ethnographic data, which is very useful in phenomenological-oriented research.


Obesity Kinship Phenomenology Art Ethnography Denmark 


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  • Lone Grøn
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  1. 1.VIVE The Danish Centre of Applied Social ScienceCopenhagenDenmark

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