Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Ann Miles
Masters Thesis-Campus Only
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.
Florencia, "Fat is a Masculine Issue Too: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Masculinity withing Fat-Culture" (2004). Master's Theses. 3668.