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ERIC Number: ED542464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1324-9320
Fit, Healthy and Sporty--the Disciplining of Boys' Bodies in Physical Education
Gerdin, Goran
Australian Association for Research in Education (NJ1), Paper presented at the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference (AARE-APERA 2012) World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting (Sydney, New South Wales, Dec 2-6, 2012)
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. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)