15 September 2014

Research: new book for Para-Academics

I am very proud to announce that I am part of The Para-Academic Handbook: A Toolkit for making-learning-creating-acting, edited by Alex Wardrop and Deborah Withers. It has just been published by HammerOn Press.

My chapter is about fat activist community research and is based on my No More Stitch-Ups! project.

This book is very important because it provides practical information and discussion about how people pushed out of ever-more expensive and exclusive higher education might develop their own scholarship. It is closely tied to Research Justice, and anti-oppressive theory and practice. It's about alternative possibilities for academia.

I think this has special relevance for people who want to develop work around fat. Many of us come from backgrounds where accessing academia is out of the question. Talking critically and radically about fat is still a tricky business in universities, I have known more than a few fat scholars who have found themselves at odds with unsympathetic supervisors and conservative departmental cultures. I hope that this book encourages more experimental risk-taking both within and beyond the ivory tower.

More information, including how to get hold of digital and paper copies, at HammerOn Press.