Rural young people and physical activity: Understanding participation through social theory

Lee, Jessica T. and Macdonald, Doune (2009) Rural young people and physical activity: Understanding participation through social theory. Sociology of Health and Illness, 31 3: 360-374. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9566.2008.01138.x

Author Lee, Jessica T.
Macdonald, Doune
Title Rural young people and physical activity: Understanding participation through social theory
Journal name Sociology of Health and Illness   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0141-9889
Publication date 2009-04-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2008.01138.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 31
Issue 3
Start page 360
End page 374
Total pages 15
Editor A. Pilnick
E. Murphy
R. Dingwall
V. James
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject C1
939903 Equity and Access to Education
1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
Abstract Studies from around the world point to the inadequate participation of young people in physical activity and sport, and the consequences of this on their health. However, very few interventions to increase the levels of physical activity amongst young people have been sustainable. The aim of this paper is to use Bourdieu's notions of the logic of practice along with habitus and capital to theorise young people's participation in physical activities to add to the wealth of empirical material. Data are drawn from a cohort of rural participants in an Australian longitudinal, qualitative research project with young people from diverse social, cultural and geographical backgrounds. It was found that traditional rural gender roles impact on young women's perceptions of legitimate physical activity options and practices. The role of the family in the reproduction of the social order which sustains gendered understandings of physical activity is also explored. This paper demonstrates how Bourdieu's theories can be applied to explain gender distinctions in health behaviours. It is proposed that building bridges between epidemiological and sociological understandings of participation in physical activities will lead to the generation of more equitable and sustainable physical activity and health promotion initiatives.
Keyword physical activity
rural young people
health promotion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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