Body Knowledge and Control: Studies in the Sociology of by John Evans, Brian Davies, Jan Wright, Dr Chris Shilling

By John Evans, Brian Davies, Jan Wright, Dr Chris Shilling

Today's society is obsessed with the physique, its dimension, form and future health. Governments, enterprise and the preferred media, spend and earn fortunes encouraging populations to get fit, devour appropriately, workout day-by-day and get skinny. yet how are current social developments and attitudes in the direction of the physique mirrored within the curriculum of faculties, within the instructing of actual schooling and overall healthiness? How do lecturers and overall healthiness execs impression younger people's studies in their personal and others' our bodies? Is future health schooling freeing or purely one other kind of rules and social regulate? Drawing jointly a number of the most modern examine at the physique and education, physique wisdom and keep watch over deals a pointy and hard critique of (post) modern day attitudes towards weight problems, healthiness, early life and the mainstream technological know-how and company pursuits that advertise slender body-centred methods of considering. comprises: * A severe historical past of notions of physique, identification and health and wellbeing in colleges. * research of the 'obesity epidemic', consuming problems* Analysis of the impact of nurtured physique snapshot in racism, sexism, homophobia and physique elitism in colleges.

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For example, the ‘abnormal’ academic underachievement of boys has been held variously to be the responsibility of ‘progressive’ pedagogy, weak labour markets or an excess of female teacher 6 John Evans and Brian Davies role models (see Lingard and Douglas 1999; Mills 2000, 2002; Apple, 2002 for critiques of this discourse). Only recently in the UK has New Labour begun to acknowledge that the conventional status and configuration of the secondary school curriculum may not, for many children, be desirable, let alone ideal.

These are the kinds of questions explored in a number of the analyses in this volume. Burrows and Wright in Chapter 6, for instance, look at the social construction of childhood in relation to particular healthism discourses that define the child as a biological entity whose present and future well-being is put at risk through decreasing participation in physical activity and the excessive consumption of ‘junk’ food. The notion of discourse provides a means to understand what resources are available to individuals as they make sense of the world and themselves in the world.

Further, post-structuralism, by its very nature, raises questions about how selves are constituted, how power–knowledge relations change across times, places, and in the context of different social, political and cultural contexts. These are the kinds of questions explored in a number of the analyses in this volume. Burrows and Wright in Chapter 6, for instance, look at the social construction of childhood in relation to particular healthism discourses that define the child as a biological entity whose present and future well-being is put at risk through decreasing participation in physical activity and the excessive consumption of ‘junk’ food.

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