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The Resource Governing bodies : American politics and the shaping of the modern physique, Rachel Louise Moran

Governing bodies : American politics and the shaping of the modern physique, Rachel Louise Moran

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Governing bodies : American politics and the shaping of the modern physique
Title
Governing bodies
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American politics and the shaping of the modern physique
Statement of responsibility
Rachel Louise Moran
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Language
eng
Summary
"Americans are generally apprehensive about what they perceive as big government--especially when it comes to measures that target their bodies. Soda taxes, trans fat bans, and calorie counts on menus have all proven deeply controversial. Such interventions, Rachel Louise Moran argues, are merely the latest in a long, albeit often quiet, history of policy motivated by economic, military, and familial concerns. In Governing Bodies, Moran traces the tension between the intimate terrain of the individual citizen's body and the public ways in which the federal government has sought to shape the American physique over the course of the twentieth century. Distinguishing her subject from more explicit and aggressive government intrusion into the areas of sexuality and reproduction, Moran offers the concept of the "advisory state"--The use of government research, publicity, and advocacy aimed at achieving citizen support and voluntary participation to realize social goals. Instituted through outside agencies and glossy pamphlets as well as legislation, the advisory state is government out of sight yet intimately present in the lives of citizens. The activities of such groups as the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Children's Bureau, the President's Council on Physical Fitness, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) implement federal body projects in subtle ways that serve to mask governmental interference in personal decisions about diet and exercise. From advice-giving to height-weight standards to mandatory nutrition education, these tactics not only empower and conceal the advisory state but also maintain the illusion of public and private boundaries, even as they become blurred in practice. Weaving together histories of the body, public policy, and social welfare, Moran analyzes a series of discrete episodes to chronicle the federal government's efforts to shape the physique of its citizenry. Governing Bodies sheds light on our present anxieties over the proper boundaries of state power."--Publisher's description
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Moran, Rachel Louise,
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Politics and culture in modern America
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • University of South Alabama
  • Physical education and training
  • Human body
  • Diet
  • Physical fitness
  • Health promotion
  • Physical Education and Training
  • Politcs
  • Human Body
  • Diet
  • Physical Fitness
  • Health Promotion
  • United States
  • Health promotion
  • Human body
  • Physical education and training
  • United States
  • Bewegungserziehung
  • Fitness
  • Gesundheitsförderung
  • Körper
Label
Governing bodies : American politics and the shaping of the modern physique, Rachel Louise Moran
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. Weight of the Nation -- The Advisory State World War I Made: Scientific Nutrition and Scientific Mothering -- Boys into Men: Depression-Era Physique in the Civilian Conservation Corps -- Men into Soldiers: World War II and the Conscripted Body -- Selling Postwar Fitness: Advertising, Education, and the President's Council -- Wasted Bodies: Emaciation and the War on Poverty -- Poor Choices: Weight, Welfare, and WIC in the 1970s -- Conclusion. Governing American Bodies
Control code
1002117324
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
216 pages
Isbn
9780812250190
Lccn
2017047727
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028300633
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1002117324
Label
Governing bodies : American politics and the shaping of the modern physique, Rachel Louise Moran
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. Weight of the Nation -- The Advisory State World War I Made: Scientific Nutrition and Scientific Mothering -- Boys into Men: Depression-Era Physique in the Civilian Conservation Corps -- Men into Soldiers: World War II and the Conscripted Body -- Selling Postwar Fitness: Advertising, Education, and the President's Council -- Wasted Bodies: Emaciation and the War on Poverty -- Poor Choices: Weight, Welfare, and WIC in the 1970s -- Conclusion. Governing American Bodies
Control code
1002117324
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
216 pages
Isbn
9780812250190
Lccn
2017047727
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028300633
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1002117324

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