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Melinda Young

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Background information and interests

At undergraduate level I majored in both Psychology and Communication and Cultural Studies. My fourth year psychology thesis explored the attitudinal changes of Singaporean student sojourners at Murdoch University. My practical placement took me to the Catholic Migrant Centre in Perth. Here I saw first hand, the implementation of a multicultural framework to assist new migrants. However, I also saw how this organization was stifled by a lack of funding and ignorance on the governments’ part about how to implement an effective cultural policy. I knew this was beyond the scope of psychology, and only Cultural Studies could ask the hard questions needed to make much needed organizations such as these, prosper. Therefore I decided to undertake further Cultural Studies research.

My Honours thesis explored the contemporary representation of femininity and how it is tied to fatness. On a more personal note, I wanted to understand the political implications of experiences I was having as a fat, but fit woman. I wanted to know why women’s fitness is seen as a cure to the ‘condition’ of fatness, and not valued as highly as men’s. My focus was on women’s bodies, fatness, fitness, and the politics of taking up space. I was troubled by the narrative of success applied to women’s thin bodies.

My PhD research examines leisure in a post-work society and how it is used as a tool to cure obesity. To discuss leisure I also need to investigate work and the changes performed to adapt to a post-industrial society. Of particular interest is the Howard Governments Industrial Relations Reforms and their contribution to post-work.

In addition I work part-time and work-out every day for at least two hours. This creates a balance and release from PhD research.

Publications
Young, Melinda. “One Size Fits All: Disrupting the Consumerized and Pathologized, Fat Female Form,” Feminist Media Studies, vol 5, no 2, forthcoming.

Young, Melinda. “Cyber Sluts: The New Victorians,” in The Revolution will not be Downloaded: Dissent in the Digital Age, Oxford: Chandos, 2008.

History

Member for
9 years 49 weeks
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