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

Michael Gard, Jan Wright

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)535-549
    Number of pages15
    JournalStudies in Philosophy and Education
    Volume20
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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