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When Fat Meets Disability in Poverty Porn: exploring the cultural mechanisms of suspicion in Too Fat to Work

Ogden, CA, Raisborough, J and de Guzman, V When Fat Meets Disability in Poverty Porn: exploring the cultural mechanisms of suspicion in Too Fat to Work. Disability and Society. ISSN 0968-7599 (Accepted)

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Abstract

There has been a distinct neglect of dis/ability in socio-cultural analysis of poverty porn (Runswick-Cole and Goodley 2015). This paper applies framing analysis to reality TV documentaries that feature larger bodied, disabled, welfare claimants to examine how cultural literacies of fatness and ‘obesity’ are drawn upon to cast suspicion upon disability welfare claimants in so-called poverty-porn. With a focus on Channel 5’s Benefit Britain series, Bene£its Too Fat to Work we demonstrate that enduring and harmful representations of 'obesity' are put to the work of securing public consent for a post-welfare society in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1607 Social Work, 1608 Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2018 10:34
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2018 10:39
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9461

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