Young women, health & the self: The Body, Schooling, and the Discursive Constitution of Gendered and Classed Subjectivities

Gabrielle O'Flynn

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    Abstract

    'Obesity,' 'anorexia,' and 'at risk' are all terms associated with young women's health. In this book, Gabrielle O'Flynn establishes new understandings of young women's health. She draws on a post-structural perspective to explore the complex ways young women constitute their subjectivities in relation to meanings of health and physical activity. A particular focus is placed on examining the influence of school contexts on this process. The results highlight that, whilst dominant notions of femininity, health, and physical activity provide a pervasive resource on which young women draw to constitute their subjectivities, there is diversity in the ways young women engage with these discourses. The findings also point to the role that schooling plays in making available particular notions of health and physical activity, which are implicated in the production of gendered and classed subjectivities. Young Women, Health & the Self is especially useful to researchers, teachers, students, and health workers. Its critical perspective appeals to individuals with a passion for thinking critically about the ways health, femininity, and bodies are defined in contemporary Western society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationGermany
    PublisherVDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K
    Number of pages216
    ISBN (Print)3639072499
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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