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A ‘Culture of Everyone Doing It’ and ‘Playing Games’: Discourses of Pleasure in Boys’ Physical Education
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sport Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2922-1993
2016 (English)In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, ISSN 1837-7122, E-ISSN 1837-7130, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 55-75Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Gard (2008), Booth (2009) and Pringle (2010) argue that if critical PE scholars want to change the social influence associated with dominated discourses of gender, which have previously been subject to sustained critique, there is a need to examine the discourses of PE pleasure. By drawing on visual ethnographic data from an all-boys’ secondary school this paper employs Foucault’s (1985) discourse/power/pleasure combination to make meanings and understand the boys as gendered subjects. The findings from this study demonstrate how some boys derived pleasures from merely participating in PE whereas others seemed to relate their pleasures to instrumental/developmental goals based on discourses of fitness, health and sport. It is argued that PE teachers need to be aware that they not only enable students’ experiences of pleasures, but that they can also be influential in (re)producing gendered understandings about the pleasures (and displeasures) of learning in, through and about movement in PE.

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2016. Vol. 7, no 1, p. 55-75
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Physical Education, Boys, Gender, Pleasure, Fitness, Health, Sport
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Pedagogy Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-45618DOI: 10.1080/18377122.2016.1145428Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85009260518OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-45618DiVA, id: diva2:844313
Available from: 2015-08-05 Created: 2015-08-05 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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