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ERIC Number: EJ990098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
"Because I Am Muslim, I Cannot Wear a Swimsuit:" Muslim Girls Negotiate Participation Opportunities for Physical Activity
Hamzeh, Manal; Oliver, Kimberly L.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v83 n2 p330-339 Jun 2012
Drawing on the works of postcolonial critical feminist and Arab Muslim feminist scholars, we discuss in this paper how 4 Muslim girls (ages 14-17 years) negotiated their participation in opportunities for physical activity. Data collection methods included self-mapping questionnaires, digital photos, private journal entries, and recordings of informal conversations. We discuss (a) how three discursive challenges emerged in veiling-off opportunities for physical activity, and (b) how the girls uncovered alternative ways of being physically active. To promote active life practices with Muslim girls, we need to (a) navigate the diversity of young Muslims within the intersecting discourses in their lives that potentially challenge their participation in physical activities, and (b) honor young Muslims' choices while negotiating their chances of maintaining physical activities. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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