Social Justice in Globalized Fitness and Health: Bodies Out of Sight

1st Edition

Laura Azzarito

January 29, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 160 Pages
ISBN 9781138059894 - CAT# Y331582
Series: Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

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In today’s neoliberal times, thinking about fitness and health is dominated by the media’s narratives of ‘fit bodies’, which are presented and circulated in society as ‘valued bodies’. Outside that mainstream view, however, there are many people labelled ‘bodies-at-risk’: those who deviate from perceived norms of size, shape, race, social class, and gender.

Social Justice in Globalized Fitness and Health draws attention to how neoliberal ideologies impacting the body overlook the intersection of class, gender/sex, and race that informs how young, ethnic minority people embody and negotiate normative discourses of fitness and health. Indeed, through the lens of critical race theory (CRT), post-feminism, and post-colonialism, Azzarito highlights young, ethnic minority people’s struggles to find a culturally relevant sense of self.

Arguing for the need to found educational spaces where young, ethnic minority people can recognize themselves, resist and counter-narrate negative stereotypes, and self-represent to the public in affirmative ways, Social Justice in Globalized Fitness and Health will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as physical culture, education, sport sociology, qualitative methods, and cultural and visual studies; as well as scholars and practitioners of physical education and health in schools.

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