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Health by stealth: exploring the sociocultural dimensions of salutogenesis for sport, health and physical education research
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia.
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. (SMED)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8748-8843
2016 (English)In: Sport, Education and Society, ISSN 1357-3322, E-ISSN 1470-1243Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Sport, health and physical education (SHPE) researchers have increasingly embraced the salutogenic model of health devised by Aaron Antonvosky, to re-understand and problematise the relation between movement, physical activity or physical education on one hand, and health on the other. However, contemporary research employing Antonovsky's theories has almost exclusively focused on the sense of coherence scale. In so doing, we suggest salutogenic researchers have missed opportunities to explore the sociological aspects of Antonovsky's work. In responding to this challenge, we demonstrate the generative possibilities posed by social theory for those seeking to inform and design salutogenically oriented SHPE programmes for children and young people. As such, we first review Antonovsky's theory of salutogenesis to highlight the sociocultural aspects of his model. We then draw on these sociocultural underpinnings to propose additional, alternative approaches to salutogenic research in SHPE, according to the theoretical and methodological tools devised by Michel Foucault [1990. The use of pleasure: The history of sexuality (Vol. 2, R. Hurley, Trans.). New York: Vintage Books]. In conclusion, we propose a schedule of research questions to inspire qualitative endeavours that move beyond privileged biomedical perspectives, to investigate health in terms of how individuals live a good life. In short, we contend that such investigations are best achieved when researchers approach ‘health by stealth’.

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Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2016.
Keyword [en]
Salutogenesis, health and physical education, research methodology, Foucault, ethics, healthy citizenship
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53839DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2016.1151779OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-53839DiVA: diva2:1054628
Available from: 2016-12-08 Created: 2016-12-08 Last updated: 2016-12-13Bibliographically approved

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