Health by stealth – exploring the sociocultural dimensions of salutogenesis for sport, health and physical education research

McCuaig, Louise and Quennerstedt, Mikael (2016) Health by stealth – exploring the sociocultural dimensions of salutogenesis for sport, health and physical education research. Sport, Education and Society, 1-12. doi:10.1080/13573322.2016.1151779


Author McCuaig, Louise
Quennerstedt, Mikael
Title Health by stealth – exploring the sociocultural dimensions of salutogenesis for sport, health and physical education research
Journal name Sport, Education and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1470-1243
1357-3322
Publication date 2016-03-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13573322.2016.1151779
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Formatted abstract
Sport, health and physical education (SHPE) researchers have increasingly embraced the salutogenic model of health devised by Aaron Antonvosky, to re-understand and problematise the relation between movement, physical activity or physical education on one hand, and health on the other. However, contemporary research employing Antonovsky's theories has almost exclusively focused on the sense of coherence scale. In so doing, we suggest salutogenic researchers have missed opportunities to explore the sociological aspects of Antonovsky's work. In responding to this challenge, we demonstrate the generative possibilities posed by social theory for those seeking to inform and design salutogenically oriented SHPE programmes for children and young people. As such, we first review Antonovsky's theory of salutogenesis to highlight the sociocultural aspects of his model. We then draw on these sociocultural underpinnings to propose additional, alternative approaches to salutogenic research in SHPE, according to the theoretical and methodological tools devised by Michel Foucault [1990. The use of pleasure: The history of sexuality (Vol. 2, R. Hurley, Trans.). New York: Vintage Books]. In conclusion, we propose a schedule of research questions to inspire qualitative endeavours that move beyond privileged biomedical perspectives, to investigate health in terms of how individuals live a good life. In short, we contend that such investigations are best achieved when researchers approach ‘health by stealth’.
Keyword Ethics
Foucault
Health and physical education
Healthy citizenship
Research methodology
Salutogenesis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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