By John Evans, Brian Davies, Jan Wright, Dr Chris Shilling
Today's society is obsessed with the physique, its measurement, form and overall healthiness. Governments, company and the preferred media, spend and earn fortunes encouraging populations to get fit, consume accurately, workout day-by-day and get skinny. yet how are current social traits and attitudes in the direction of the physique mirrored within the curriculum of colleges, within the instructing of actual schooling and healthiness? How do academics and wellbeing and fitness pros impression younger people's reports in their personal and others' our bodies? Is future health schooling releasing or only one other type of legislation and social keep an eye on? Drawing jointly many of the most modern examine at the physique and education, physique wisdom and regulate deals a pointy and difficult critique of (post) modern day attitudes towards weight problems, future health, formative years and the mainstream technology and enterprise pursuits that advertise slim body-centred methods of considering. contains: * A serious historical past of notions of physique, id and overall healthiness in faculties. * research of the 'obesity epidemic', consuming problems* Analysis of the impact of nurtured physique photograph in racism, sexism, homophobia and physique elitism in colleges.
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Chapter 9 returns to health issues. Here Deana Leahy and Lyn Harrison draw on a case study of a Year 10 health and physical education programme in a metropolitan secondary school in Australia to illustrate how contemporary ‘discourses of risk’, health and citizenship, reproduced through the curriculum and classroom practices, can operate as mechanism of social regulation and control. They highlight the merits of viewing the classroom as a ‘site of governance’, where the way in which students and their bodies are positioned within discourses of education, health, citizenship and risk has signiﬁcant consequences for their developing sense of identity and self.