Whose Body is it Anyway?

Whose Body is it Anyway? : Achieving Wellbeing Through Sport and Activity

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Whose Body is it Anyway? explores contemporary understandings of the body in order to highlight the conflicting ways in which it is considered in different contexts, times and spaces, either as the possession of the individual or that of society (or both). The book explores these ideas through the central theme of sport and physical activity. Often considered an automatic pathway to wellbeing, the notion of having a healthy body or a sporty body compared to an unhealthy or non-sporty body provides a useful mechanism to reveal the ways that the social operates to impose restrictions upon the individual. At the same time, the body is also enjoyed and experienced by the individual in ways that might suggest forms of agency.

By drawing upon a range of contemporary examples (such as sport/diets/fitness/celebrity bodies/public health interventions) the book provides an in depth exploration of complex and competing factors that influence the way we view and make sense of our own bodies and those of others. Drawing upon these everyday examples the book provides an accessible introduction of more complex theoretical explanations which will appeal to academics and practitioners involved in broad aspects of sport, physical activity, health and wellbeing.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138959502
  • 9781138959507

Table of contents

Part 1
1. Introduction
2. Desirable (Healthy) Bodies
3. Sporty Bodies
4. Unhealthy Bodies
Part 2: Visions of National Health V Subjective Experiences of Physical Activity
5. Getting Young Bodies More Active
6. Getting Adult Bodies Moving
7. Keeping Old Bodies Alive
8. Conclusion: Body limits
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About Ian Wellard

Ian Wellard is a sociologist whose main research interests relate to body practices, movement cultures and physical activity. Much of this research has been generated through ethnographic studies, which draw upon qualitative and reflexive approaches to the ways in which embodied identities are constructed and negotiated. Ian has also been involved in numerous funded research projects, commissioned by, among others, the Youth Sport Trust, Sport England, The National Children's Bureau, The Olympic Committee, The World Health Organisation and The Arts Council.
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