Boys' Bodies: Speaking the Unspoken

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Michael Kehler, Michael Atkinson
Peter Lang, 2010 - Education - 233 pages
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The chapters in this edited collection examine how the culture of masculinity intersects with issues of health, homophobia, and the suppression and silencing of anxieties about body image among men and boys. Examining the bodily dividends and trade-offs associated with male participation in physical activity is central to understanding how educators in particular might better engage all boys in healthy life practices, not only those privileged by muscularity and physicality. Contributions explore evidence of intimidation and body fears that is largely unheard and unexplored in locker rooms and classrooms. Introducing critical perspectives emerging from current evidence-based international research to shed light on curricular and policy initiatives aimed at producing healthy children, this book will powerfully inform and provoke discussion.

"Kehler and Atkinson's edited collection, Boys' Bodies, is a book that should be read by teachers, teacher educators, education policy makers and health professionals, given its impressive theoretical and empirical focus on how the embodiment of competing masculinities plays out in schools, with implications for all boys and their well-being, and for all those wishing to understand and address issues of physical inactivity and obesity in and through schooling."---Professor Bob Lingard, School of Education, University of Queensland
 

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Contents

An Overview of Research
21
Chapter Four Boys Gyms Locker Rooms and Heterotopia Michael
73
A Study
91
Embodied Masculinity and
113
Disrupting Hegemonic
133
Boys Body
153
Insights from School
177
Chapter Ten Australian Young Mens Meanings of Physical Activity
201
List of Contributors
223
Index
229
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The Editors: Michael Kehler is currently Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario, where he teaches preservice and graduate education. His research appears in journals including the Canadian Journal of Education, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, and the International Journal for Inclusive Education. He is co-editor of The Problem with Boys Education: Beyond the Backlash and of Boy Culture: An Encyclopedia.
Michael Atkinson is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Health at the University of Toronto. He serves on the editorial boards of the Sociology of Sport Journal, Deviant Behavior, and the International Journal of Qualitative Methods. He is author of Tattooed: The Sociogenesis of a Body Art, co-author of Deviance and Social Control in Sport, author/editor of Battleground: Sports, and co-editor of Tribal Play: Sports Subcultures.

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