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Gaia   Cottino

Research Fellow
Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche
Università degli Studi di Genova (Italy)

Member of
Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO)
European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)
Geographic administrative areas
Geographic places
Historical periods
21st century
Indigenous languages
Tongan, Hawaiian
  • Masters Research (2006 to 2007)
    Obesity among the Native Hawaiian population of the Wai'anae Coast of Oahu — Università di Roma La Sapienza
    The main focus of the research was on the high concentration of obesity rates among the Native Hawaiians of the Wai'anae Coast. Through a few months of research and voluntary work at the Makaha Farm and at the Wai'anae Medical Center, aimed at analysing the centrality of the body in the identity issues, the research highlighted a very specific bodily politics of the local native identity. The embodiment processes mirrored the disadvantageous political position of the native population on the coast.
  • PhD Research (2008 to 2011)
    The weight of the body in the Kingdom of Tonga — Università La Sapienza di Roma
    The PhD investigation focused on the social and physical weight of the body in Tonga. Through the analysis of the eating habits and patterns, the beauty and body size ideals and the local notion of health, the research findings highlighted a non correspondence between the western optimal size promoted by the global health policies and the local notion of appropriate body and weight. Special attention was therefore given also to global and local health policies, strategies and programs, active in the "war" against obesity and NCDs.
  • Teaching Experiences (2015 to 2018)
    Adjunct Professor — American University of Rome
    Graduate courses: Anthropology of food and eating (MA in Food Studies)
    Undergraduate courses: Italian Food and Culture (BA)
  • Teaching Experiences (2019 to 2021)
    Adjunct Professor — Università di Milano Bicocca
    Graduate course: Cultures and Societies of the Pacific
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