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Fit, healthy and sporty: the disciplining of boys’ bodies in physical education
University of Auckland, New Zealand.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2922-1993
2012 (English)In: Australian Association for Research in Education, 2-6 December, 2012, Sydney, Australia, Australian Association for Research in Education , 2012Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper will report on findings from a study that examined boys’ performances of gender in school Physical Education (PE). Using a participatory visual research approach, involving video recordings of boys participating in PE, the boys’ representations and interpretations of the visual data were explored during both focus groups and individual interviews. In order to interpret the data I draw on Foucault’s work on power and his disciplinary technologies in which he highlights the body as a site of disciplinary, normalising practices. The boys’ visual representations and interpretations illuminate how this disciplinary mechanism is responsible for simultaneously constructing meanings around the normal versus the abnormal masculine body with significant impact on boys’ gendered and bodily experiences in PE. The findings in particular highlight how the disciplinary techniques used in this PE setting are aimed at producing docile and functional boys’ bodies which above all are fit, healthy and sporty masculine bodies. In this sense, PE can be seen as a disciplinary machinery which influences how boys inhabit and experience their bodies in different ways which may have long term consequences for how boys perceive their bodies and see themselves as physically educated beings.

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Australian Association for Research in Education , 2012.
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Gender Studies
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Social Sciences, Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-45608OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-45608DiVA: diva2:844304
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Australian Association for Research in Education, 2-6 December, 2012, Sydney, Australia
Available from: 2015-08-05 Created: 2015-08-05 Last updated: 2016-02-24Bibliographically approved

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