Young people, physical activity and the everyday: The Life Activity Project

Wright, Jan and Macdonald, Doune (2010). Young people, physical activity and the everyday: The Life Activity Project. In Jan Wright and Doune Macdonald (Ed.), Young people, physical activity and the everyday (pp. 1-11) Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.

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Author Wright, Jan
Macdonald, Doune
Title of chapter Young people, physical activity and the everyday: The Life Activity Project
Title of book Young people, physical activity and the everyday
Place of Publication Abingdon, Oxon, UK
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Year available 2010
Series Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport
ISBN 9780415493130
Editor Jan Wright
Doune Macdonald
Chapter number 1
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Total chapters 14
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Despite society's current preoccupation with interrelated issues such as obesity, increasingly sedentary lifestyles and children's health, there has until now been little published research that directly addresses the place and meaning of physical activity in young people's lives. In this important new collection, leading international scholars address that deficit by exploring the differences in young people's experiences and meanings of physical activity as these are related to their social, cultural and geographical locations, to their abilities and their social and personal biographies. The book places young people's everyday lives at the centre of the study, arguing that it this 'everydayness' (school, work, friendships, ethnicity, family routines, interests, finances, location) that is key to shaping the engagement of young people in physical activity. By allowing the voices of young people to be heard through these pages, the book helps the reader to make sense of how young people see physical activity in their lives. Drawing on a breadth of theoretical frameworks, and challenging the orthodox assumptions that underpin contemporary physical activity policy, interventions and curricula, this book powerfully refutes the argument that young people are 'the problem' and instead demonstrates the complex social constructions of physical activity in the lives of young people. Young People, Physical Activity and the Everyday is essential reading for both students and researchers with a particular interest physical activity, physical education, health, youth work and social policy.
Keyword Young people - Australia
Physical acitivity
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Pub. Date: July 2010

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