Young People, Physical Activity and the Everyday by P-TaylorFrancisI


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									Young People, Physical Activity and the Everyday
Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport

Editor: Jan Wright
Editor: Doune Macdonald
Table of Contents

Introduction: Theorising Youth and Physical Activity Part 1: Physical Activity and Geographical Locations
1. The Place of Physical Activity in the Lives of Rural Young People: Stories From the 'Outback' 2.'The
Police be Comin' so That's Why I Didn't go Over There': Young People's use of Neighborhood Spaces in a
US City 3. Young People, Cities and Physical Activity Part 2: Social and Cultural Location and Physical
Activity 4. Social Class, Schooling and Young People's Meanings of Physical Activity and Health. 5.
Physical Activity and Indigenous Young People 6. Physical Activity and Confucianism: the Relations
Between Hong Kong Children and Their Parents 7. 'Our Prophet Said We Should Play Sport': Young
Muslim Women Negotiating Islam, Popular Culture and Physical Activity Part 3: Physical Activity and
Constitution of Selves: Health, Fitness and Bodies 8: Eating Well, Being Active and the Production of the
"Good Citizen" 9: Young People, Transitions and Physical Activity 10. 'Pump Weights, Eat Right': Young
People's Engagements with Health Discourses 11. 'Making Castles in the Sand': Community Contexts
and Physical Culture 12. Diversity, Subjectivity and Constructions of Fitness and Health by Young
Canadians Part 4: Methodological Issues and Future Directions 13. Reflections on Methodological Issues
and Lessons Learned From the Life Activity Project

Despite society's current preoccupation with interrelated issues such as obesity, increasingly sedentary
lifestyles and children's health, there has until now been little published research that directly addresses
the place and meaning of physical activity in young people's lives. In this important new collection,
leading international scholars address that deficit by exploring the differences in young people's
experiences and meanings of physical activity as these are related to their social, cultural and
geographical locations, to their abilities and their social and personal biographies. The book places young
people's everyday lives at the centre of the study, arguing that it this 'everydayness' (school, work,
friendships, ethnicity, family routines, interests, finances, location) that is key to shaping the engagement
of young people in physical activity. By allowing the voices of young people to be heard through these
pages, the book helps the reader to make sense of how young people see physical activity in their lives.
Drawing on a breadth of theoretical frameworks, and challenging the orthodox assumptions that underpin
contemporary physical activity policy, interventions and curricula, this book powerfully refutes the
argument that young people are 'the problem' and instead demonstrates the complex social constructions
of physical activity in the lives of young people. Young People, Physical Activity and the Everyday is
essential reading for both students and researchers with a particular interest physical activity, physical
education, health, youth work and social policy.

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