Fat pedagogy and microaggressions: Experiences of professionals working in higher education settings

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© 2017 Taylor & Francis. Fisanick suggests that fat professors feel compelled to overperform, which is an argument that is applicable to all areas of higher education, even beyond the classroom. Directors, coordinators, and administrative assistants in academic departments and units also experience this strain in which overworking and taking on too many responsibilities can somehow overcompensate for the societal belief that someone larger is less credible or knowledgible than someone in a thinner body size. Using a narrative inquiry approach, the authors examine how participants experience microaggressions in a university workplace. The research concludes by highlighting how body weight should be integrated into diversity training and programming.

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Fat Studies

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