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Healthy bodies: construction of the body and health in physical education
(SMED - Studies of Meaning making in Educational Discourses)
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences. (SMED - Studies of Meaning making in Educational Discourses)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8748-8843
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences. (SMED - Studies of Meaning making in Educational Discourses)
2008 (English)In: Sport, Education and Society, ISSN 1357-3322, E-ISSN 1470-1243, Vol. 13, no 4, p. 353-372Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In physical education, bodies are not only moved but made. There are perceived expectations for bodies in physical education to be ‘healthy bodies’*for teachers to be ‘appropriate’ physical, fit, healthy and skilful ‘role models’ and for students to display a slim body that is equated with fitness and health. In teachers’ monitoring of students with the intention of regulating health behaviour, however, the surveillance of students’ bodies and associated assumptions about health practices are implicated in the (re)production of the ‘cult of the body’. In this paper, we consider issues of embodiment and power in a subject area where the visual and active body is central and we use data from Australian and Swedish schools to analyse the discourses of health and embodiment in physical education. In both Swedish and Australian physical education there were discourses related to a fit healthy body and an at risk healthy body. These discourses also acted through a range of techniques of power, particularly regulation and normalisation.

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London: Routledge , 2008. Vol. 13, no 4, p. 353-372
Keyword [en]
Power, Embodiment, Poststructuralism, Physical education
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Pedagogy Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Sport and Fitness Sciences Social Sciences Social Sciences
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Sports Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-3628DOI: 10.1080/13573320802444960OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-3628DiVA, id: diva2:137926
Available from: 2008-12-16 Created: 2008-12-16 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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