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dc.contributor.authorFullagar, Simoneen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T11:39:56Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T11:39:56Z
dc.date.issued2003en_US
dc.date.modified2009-11-18T05:31:55Z
dc.identifier.issn09581596en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/0958159031000100206en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/16849
dc.description.abstractAs part of the World Health Organisation's emphasis on increasing physical activity, countries such as Australia have developed new public health campaigns aimed at reducing the prevalence of lifestyle diseases (e.g. obesity, heart disease, diabetes). In response the Australian Federal and State governments implemented the Active Australia campaign (1997-2002) with the objective of increasing men and women's participation in active leisure pursuits and incidental activity. Drawing on the governmentality literature (Foucault, 1991; Dean, 1999; Rose, 1999) this article develops a feminist analysis of the implications of this increasing emphasis on promoting active leisure to women as a 'sedentary' population. It analyses the health-promotion rationalities and universal healthy lifestyle norms that inform the Active Australia campaign's attempts to mobilize women into being active. Within these policy discourses gender has been construed as a 'variable' shaping leisure behaviours, rather than central to the contemporary experience of feminine subjectivity and women's sense of physicality. A calculative logic is evident within active living policies that employ the self-management techniques of measured activity and self-scrutiny ('30 minutes a day, on most days'). This sets up a relation to self that is steeped in a mind/body opposition which privileges embodied activity as a form of biomechanical movement. In this way health policies ignore the embodied pleasures, meaningful social relationships and joyful potential of movement that women have identified in relation to leisure (Wearing, 1998). In contrast with the calculative discourses of physical activity, a feminist ethics of active living is explored in relation to the possibility of generating health policy discourses that embrace the lived body and the significance of pleasure in everyday well-being.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen_US
dc.publisher.placeLondonen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=t713411440en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom47en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto60en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalCritical Public Healthen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume13en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode360201en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode370403en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode321299en_US
dc.titleGoverning women's active leisure: The gendered effects of calculative rationalities within Australian health policyen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.date.issued2003
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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