Managing uncertainty: obesity discourses and physical education in a risk society

Gard, Michael and Wright, Jan (2001) Managing uncertainty: obesity discourses and physical education in a risk society. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 20 6: 535-549. doi:10.1023/A:1012238617836


Author Gard, Michael
Wright, Jan
Title Managing uncertainty: obesity discourses and physical education in a risk society
Journal name Studies in Philosophy and Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0039-3746
1573-191X
Publication date 2001-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1023/A:1012238617836
Open Access Status
Volume 20
Issue 6
Start page 535
End page 549
Total pages 5
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper considers the role of physicaleducation researchers within current publicconcerns about body shape and weight. UsingUlrich Beck's notion of `risk' it examines howcertainty about children, obesity, exercise andhealth is produced in the contexts of `expert'knowledge and recontextualised in the academicand professional physical education literature.It is argued that the unquestioning acceptanceof the obesity discourses in physical educationhelps to construct anxieties about the body,which are detrimental to students and silencesalternative ways of thinking and doing physicaleducation.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
 
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