Sociocultural Issues in Physical Activity

Sociocultural Issues in Physical Activity

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Sociocultural Issues in Physical Activity explores the intersections between modern physical activity and society. The text surpasses the scope of sociological texts that focus solely on sports, covering a broad range of physical activities such as fitness, dance, weightlifting, and others. The authors emphasize the promotion of healthy individuals and a healthy body in the many movement settings where the body is active.

Sociocultural Issues in Physical Activity explores contemporary topics such as reducing disparities in education and income, increasing socioeconomic diversity in communities, the medicalization of fitness, the rise of cosmetic fitness, the promotion of physical activity as a requirement for health, and the globalization of the fitness industry. The text includes the following features to enhance student engagement:
  • Chapter objectives help students achieve their learning goals
  • Key points and terms to highlight important information throughout the text
  • Active Bodies sidebars that offer context for concepts presented in the chapter and provide examples and applications
  • Discussion questions that provide opportunities to reflect on chapter topics
Part I of Sociocultural Issues in Physical Activity examines political, educational, media, and economic institutions that influence the relationship between society and physical activity. Part II explores how an individual’s race, gender, social class, and ability are interpreted through a social lens. Part III of the text discusses the process of developing healthy populations as well as promoting public health and body positivity.

Sociocultural Issues in Physical Activity offers a cross-cultural perspective of society, health, and the body in motion. Readers will finish the text with a greater understanding of social theory applications in physical culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781450468657
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2021
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Pitter, PhD, is a professor of kinesiology at Acadia University. His publications have examined sport, physical activity, and society as well as environmental education and organizational theory. He has been published in such journals as Research in Sport and Exercise Quarterly, Quest, Sociology of Sport Journal, International Review for Sociology of Sport, and Journal of Sport and Social Issues.

Joshua I. Newman, PhD, is director of the Center for Sport, Health, and Equitable Development and a professor of sport, media, and cultural studies at Florida State University. He is also the doctorate program coordinator and associate chair in the department of sport management. Previously, Newman was a lecturer of sport studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand. In 2017, he served as president and research fellow of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS). He currently serves on the editorial boards of Communication & Sport, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, and Sociology of Sport Journal. Newman’s work has featured in The Society Pages, the Somatic Podcast, and the Global Sport Matters Podcast, and he has done interviews for the Washington Post, Time magazine, BuzzFeed, and the Associated Press.

David L. Andrews is a professor of physical cultural studies in the department of kinesiology at the University of Maryland. He is also an affiliate faculty member in the department of American studies and the department of sociology.

Dr. Andrews' research interests center on contextualizing sport and physical culture in relation to the intersecting cultural, political, economic, and technological forces shaping contemporary society. His latest book is titled Making Sport Great Again? The Uber-Sport Assemblage, Neoliberalism, and the Trump Conjuncture (published by Palgrave). Previous books include Sport-Commerce-Culture: Essays on Sport in Late Capitalist America (published by Peter Lang), Sport and Neoliberalism: Politics, Consumption, and Culture (edited with Michael Silk and published by Temple University Press), The Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies (edited with Michael Silk and Holly Thorpe and published by Routledge), and Sport, Physical Culture, and the Moving Body: Materialisms, Technologies, Ecologies (edited with Joshua Newman and Holly Thorpe and published by Rutgers University Press). His current book project is titled The Great Moving Right Show: Sport, Political Assemblages, and the Trump Awakening (to be published by Rutgers University Press).

Table of Contents

Part I. Body Institutions: Foundations and Considerations

Chapter 1. Introduction
David L. Andrews, Robert Pitter, and Brandon Wallace

Chapter 2. Politics of the Active Body
Andrew Grainger, Brandon Wallace, and David L. Andrews

Chapter 3. Critical Pedagogy and the Active Body
Ryan King-White and Matthew Hawzen

Chapter 4. Popular Culture and the Active Body
Michael D. Giardina and A. Lamont Williams

Chapter 5. Economies, Markets, and the Active Body
Adam Beissel and Chris McLeod

Part II. Body Stratification: Meanings and Social Identities

Chapter 6. Gender, Sex, and Physical Culture
Shannon Jette, David L. Andrews, and Robert Pitter

Chapter 7. Racialized Bodies and Black/Indigenous Physical Cultures
Brandon Wallace, Robert Pitter, and David L. Andrews

Chapter 8. Social Class, Habitus, and Physical Culture
Robert Pitter, and David L. Andrews

Chapter 9. (Dis)Ability, Sport, Activity and Public Health
Mollie Greenberg and Stephanie J. Cork

Part III. Body Movements: Scales and Spaces

Chapter 10. Medicine, Technology, and the Active Body
Katelyn Esmonde

Chapter 11. Physical Activity and Communities
Robert Pitter, Brandon Wallace, and David L. Andrews

Chapter 12. The Active Body in Cities
Oliver J.C. Rick, Jacob J. Bustad, and Bryan C. Clift

Chapter 13. Globalization and Physical Activity
Joshua Newman, David L. Andrews, and Robert Pitter

Chapter 14. The Environment and the Active Body
Kyle Bunds

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