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ERIC Number: EJ935391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1478-2103
Obesity, Health and Physical Education: A Bourdieuean Perspective
Fitzpatrick, Katie
Policy Futures in Education, v9 n3 p353-366 2011
Assumptions and interventions about the so-called "obesity epidemic" pervade health and physical education classrooms and national policy agendas in New Zealand, as they do elsewhere in the Western world. In contrast, critical scholars in these subjects advocate an active deconstruction of the tenets and presumptions underpinning public and media conceptions of obesity, related body norms and physical activity and nutrition interventions. This article employs Bourdieu's notions of field, capital and habitus to argue that each of these approaches emanates from a different field of cultural production. Drawing on a critical ethnographic study of a low socioeconomic school in South Auckland, New Zealand, I also argue that acknowledging students' own cultural fields might offer a way forward. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand