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ERIC Number: EJ901108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1357-3322
The Business of "Bettering" Students' Lives: Physical and Health Education and the Production of Social Class Subjectivities
O'Flynn, Gabrielle
Sport, Education and Society, v15 n4 p431-445 Nov 2010
This paper explores the ways physical and health education is justified in two school settings: a private girls' school and a co-educational government school located in the same Australian city. Physical and health education policies and interview material with teachers are drawn on to explore the meanings taken up by the schools. Whilst similar sets of "truths" around young people and health were drawn on to define the place of physical and health education in the lives of their students, there were also stark differences. It is argued that through these differences important discursive work is being performed. In particular, this paper explores how the schools are implicated in the discursive continuation of particular "classed" subjectivities. For example, a set of discourses around "at-risk", "disadvantaged", "youth" were drawn on by the teachers from the government school to construct physical and health education as a means for "saving" their students' lives. By comparison, in the private girls' school's texts, emphasis was on inviting students to become particular "independent", "responsible" young women. It is argued that the exposure and access to these different notions of "health" positioned students quite differently as particular "classed" subjects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia