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The Politics of Physical Activity

1st Edition

By Joe Piggin


134 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Defining ‘politics’ as contests over ideas, values and visions about what a physically active society could be, this book uses critical analysis to challenge accepted truths about physical activity and therefore opens up a pathway to more effective, and more socially just, physical activity policy.

Critiquing global and national physical activity policies which are arguing for significant change to societies around the world, The Politics of Physical Activity presents empirical case studies to illustrate the political dimensions of advocating for physical activity promotion, including discussions of resourcing difficulties, conflicts of interest and opportunity costs. It explores physical activity as a multi-sectoral tool that is being applied to political ideas and policy goals as varied as education, sustainability and social cohesion, and asks what good physical activity really looks like.

This is important and provocative reading for any student, researcher, practitioner or policy maker with an interest in physical activity, public health or public policy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Contested Definitions, Histories and Futures of Physical Activity

3. Towards a Physical Activity Discourse

4. Physical Activity and the Politics of Knowledge

5. Physical Activity and the Politics of Societal Change

6. Physical Activity and the Politics of Junk Food

7. Physical Activity and the Politics of Corporate Health Promotion

8. Physical Activity and the Politics of Risk

9. Conclusion: People, Power and Possibilities

About the Author

Joe Piggin is Senior Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. Joe’s research covers two main areas, namely sport policy translation into marketing and programmes, and physical activity policy. He is the co-editor (with Louise Mansfield and Mike Weed) of the Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Physical Activity and Health

The Routledge Research in Physical Activity and Health series offers a multi-disciplinary forum for cutting-edge research in the broad area of physical activity, exercise and health. Showcasing the work of emerging and established scholars working in areas ranging from physiology and chronic disease, psychology and mental health to physical activity and health promotion and socio-economic and cultural aspects of physical activity participation, the series is an important channel for groundbreaking research in physical activity and health.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Public Health
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports