Fitness as a Premise for Inclusion? A Discourse Analysis of the Problematizing of Obesity in Children and Youth in the Academic Discourse within Sports and Sports Studies in Health Education

  • Sandra Guenter Universität Bern
Keywords: obesity discourse, discourse analysis, sociology of the body, sport pedagogy, sport sciences

Abstract

Apart from nutrition and media consumption, sport and exercise play a central role in the educational discourse on health and well-being within German-speaking countries. In this paper I consider the "governmentality functions" (FOUCAULT, 2004a, 2004b) of sport and sports studies in health education. In addition I investigate how and by whom self- and external images are assigned and (re) constructed within this discourse in Germany. The aims, contents, and methods of government campaigns and measures for health education, as well as academic publications on sports and exercise in Germany from 2003 to 2010 are explored. The intended behavioral and lifestyle modifications, as well as the positions regarding questions of content, are critically reflected upon and discussed.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs130198

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Author Biography

Sandra Guenter, Universität Bern

SANDRA GÜNTER, Studium der Geschichts-, Sport-, Politik- und Erziehungswissenschaften an der Universität Bremen. 2002 Promotion zum Thema der sozialen Konstruktion von Geschlecht im Sport. Seit 2009 Assistenzprofessorin für Sportsoziologie am Institut für Sportwissenschaft und Leitungsmitglied der Graduate School Gender Studies der Universität Bern. Schwerpunkte in Forschung und Lehre: Körper-, Sport-, Migrations- und Geschlechtersoziologie sowie qualitative Sozialforschung mit dem Schwerpunkt Diskursanalyse.

Published
2012-11-25
How to Cite
Guenter, S. (2012). Fitness as a Premise for Inclusion? A Discourse Analysis of the Problematizing of Obesity in Children and Youth in the Academic Discourse within Sports and Sports Studies in Health Education. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 14(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-14.1.1800
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Single Contributions