Date of Award

8-2004

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Ann Miles

Second Advisor

Vincent Lyon-Callo

Third Advisor

Sarah Hill

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

This project documents the body-subject through the daily activities, thoughts and social interactions as experienced by me, Juan I. Florencia, an obese male and member of American society. The purpose is to educate readers to the effects of stigmatization resulting from obesity. Moreover it is my intent to explain to readers (by documenting my own life) how the resulting stigmatization is rationalized, coped with and understood within my daily routines and interactions. As part of the study, I did not attempt to alter my regular behaviors(s) or daily routines, ensuring that the resulting document is as clear a window into my life as possible, allowing outside viewers an unadulterated glimpse into the world of fat people. To accomplish this goal, I used autoethnography as my methodology, a newly emerging, yet legitimate anthropological approach to interpreting culture that shifts the focus of studying others to the study of self as a means of understanding larger cultural processes.

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