Physical activity of remote indigenous Australian women: A postcolonial analysis of lifestyle

Macdonald, Doune, Abbott, Rebecca and Jenkins, David (2012) Physical activity of remote indigenous Australian women: A postcolonial analysis of lifestyle. Leisure Sciences, 34 1: 39-54. doi:10.1080/01490400.2012.633854


Author Macdonald, Doune
Abbott, Rebecca
Jenkins, David
Title Physical activity of remote indigenous Australian women: A postcolonial analysis of lifestyle
Journal name Leisure Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0149-0400
1521-0588
Publication date 2012-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01490400.2012.633854
Open Access Status
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 39
End page 54
Total pages 16
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract In the context of rising chronic diseases amongst Indigenous peoples, there are calls for the adoption of more healthy "lifestyles." In this context, this paper explores thoughts about physical activity from 21 Indigenous families through the voices of women and girls living in remote rural communities in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area, Australia. Speaking back to physical activity as a lifestyle "choice," three consistent themes emerged: shame, gendered positioning, and welfarism. In conclusion, the perspectives of Torres Strait islanders and Northern Peninsula Area communities suggest that there are deeply embedded ways of thinking about the body, familial obligations, and the provision of and access to being active that are not consistent with Western health policies predicated upon individuals shouldering responsibility for "taking exercise.".
Keyword Australia
Indigenous people
Lifestyle
physical activity
Postcolonialism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 10 January 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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