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ERIC Number: EJ925397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1357-3322
The Feel of Mobility: How Children Use Sedentary Lifestyles as a Site of Resistance
Bell, Martha
Sport, Education and Society, v16 n3 p385-397 2011
The consequences of the neo-liberal societal "speed-up" are lived at the apparently contradictory intersection of mobile lifestyles and obesogenic environments. The focus for public health interventions is the bodies of children. Recent interpretive research into how pre-teenaged children talk about watching television suggests that these children may be using the "feel" of being sedentary to resist the "feel" of being busy, while engaging with electronic media and communication, precisely because e-media do the work of collapsing time and distance to create the experience of instant connection and consumption from inside the home. The generalised view that television "stops you from doing anything" is expressed but with some ambivalence by both children and parents in our study. While the children discuss needs for space and rest, they may also be conveying the ways they address particular mental health needs in longer, busier and more stressful days, often with two parents working. They may be arguing for the feel of being stopped as society speeds up around them. Indeed, societies, sectors and publics are becoming more mobile, but children are charged with being more immobile and forgetting how to play actively and spontaneously. It could be feasible that children may enact a strategic, embodied resistance to living faster lives. This article argues that children's uses of inside spaces and e-media to "still" time and "stop" themselves are as important to sociological studies of how children experience mobilities as they are to sociotechnical studies of the digital generation. Using localized, empirical data to illustrate this argument, new possibilities for phenomenological analyses of embodiment, social action and social change are suggested. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand