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Hannah Bacon talks about the research behind her new book, Feminist Theology and Contemporary Dieting Culture: Sin, Salvation and Women's Weight Loss Narratives.
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Hannah Bacon is Associate Professor in Feminist Theology and Acting Head of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester, UK. She is author of Feminist Theology and Contemporary Dieting Culture: Sin, Salvation and Women’s Weight Loss Narratives (T & T Clark, 2019) and What’s Right with the Trinity (Ashgate, 2009). She is co-editor with Wayne Morris and Steve Knowles of Transforming Exclusion: Engaging Faith Perspectives (T & T Clark, 2011), and with Wendy Dossett and Steve Knowles of Alternative Salvations. Engaging the Sacred and the Secular (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015). She gained her PhD from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2004 for a thesis examining the Trinity in relation to feminist theological methodology. More recently, her research has focused on the interface between Christian theology and contemporary secular weight loss dieting and is rooted in qualitative work she conducted inside a secular weight loss organization in the UK. It considers how theological discourses of sin and salvation serve to normalize weight loss and fat phobia while testing the ability of Christian tradition to transform cultural attitudes towards fat.