ASU Book Group: 'Fat in Four Cultures' by SturtzSreetharan, Brewis, Wutich
The ASU Book Group's January 2023 reading selection is "Fat in Four Cultures: A Global Ethnography of Weight” by ASU professors Cindi SturtzSreetharan, Alexandra Brewis, and Amber Wutich along with Jessica Hardin, Rochester Institute of Technology and Sarah Trainer, Seattle University. The book group is open to all in the ASU community and meets monthly from noon–1 p.m. with two different options for attendance: either in-person at the Piper Writers House or virtually on Zoom (registration required for online attendance). In-person attendees are invited to join the author for lunch after at the University Club, no-host.
Haven't read the book? Come anyway! Authors are always present.
“Fat in Four Cultures” is a co-authored comparative ethnography that reveals the shared struggles and local distinctions of how people across the globe are coping with a bombardment of anti-fat messages. Highlighting important differences in how people experience "being fat," the cases in this book are based on fieldwork by five anthropologists working together simultaneously in four different sites across the globe: Japan, the United States, Paraguay and Samoa.
The ASU-affiliated authors are all members of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and include Cindi SturtzSreetharan (Associate Professor), Alexandra Brewis (President's Professor) and Amber Wutich (President's Professor).
About the book group:
The ASU Book Group meetings and selections for 2022-2023 are:
- Sep. 28: "Now in Color" by Jacqueline Balderrama
- Oct. 26: “Manifesting Justice" by Valena Beety
- Nov. 30: “Dear Diaspora” by Susan Nguyen
- [NEW DATE] Dec. 21: “To Live and Die in El Valle” by Oscar Mancinas
- Jan. 25: “Fat in Four Cultures” by Cindi SturtzSreetharan, Alexandra Brewis, and Amber Wutich
- Feb. 22: “Desert Divide” by Kelli Donley
- Mar. 29: "A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman” by Lindy Elkins-Tanton
- Apr. 26: “Animal Revolution” by Ron Broglio
The ASU Book Group is sponsored as a community outreach initiative by the Department of English and organized in partnership with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.