Fat Activism is at the typesetters

Be prepared everyone – Charlotte Cooper’s Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement will hit the shelves in January 2016.

It is now being typeset by Eva Megias who also designed the cover.

Updates on publicity events and how to pre-order your copy will be posted here soon.

In the meantime we will post short excerpts from the book to whet your whistle.

The first thing you may be wondering: What is Fat Activism about?

Fat Activism-Charlotte Cooper-cover-Eva Megias

Charlotte tells us:

‘Fat people are a fact of life, part of the fabric of humanity. There is evidence that we have existed for many thousands of years. We are here. There are many who would prefer fat people not to exist, but we are here regardless of whether or not we are allowed or supposed to be here. Fat people are as valuable as anyone else and our existence reveals important things about how societies operate.

As a psychotherapist, I am interested in the ways in which people might grow towards hopes and dreams, express agency, by which I mean the capacity to choose and act independently, even within restrictive social contexts; to really live. I see activism as a strategy for developing what Judith Butler calls “liveable lives” in contexts that are extremely trying, as well as creating social change. How can and do fat people try to make liveable lives for ourselves and others? That’s basically what this book is about.’