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Young People, Physical Activity and the Everyday

Young People, Physical Activity and the Everyday


Despite societya (TM)s current preoccupation with interrelated issues such as obesity, increasingly sedentary lifestyles and childrena (TM)s health, there has until now been little published research that directly addresses the place and meaning of physical activity in young peoplea (TM)s lives. In this important new collection, leading international scholars address that deficit by exploring the differences in young peoplea (TM)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. Young People, Physical Activity and the Everyday places young peoplea (TM)s everyday lives at the centre of the study, arguing that it is this "everydayness" – school, work, friendships, ethnicity, family routines, interests, finances, location a " that is the 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. It is essential reading for all serious students of physical activity, physical education, health, youth work and social policy.
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