Mind–body relations

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Fullagar, Simone
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Silk, ML

Andrews, DL

Thorpe, H

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2017
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This chapter pursues a line of critical questioning concerning how we come to 'know' the embodied, discursive and biopolitical dimensions of mental health and illness in the context of physical cultures. It considers how the 'physical' within physical cultural studies (PCS) has been theorized with respect to questions of mental (ill) health in the context of an historical dualism of mind and body. The chapter explores how the broader cultural, economic and political context of the United Kingdom (UK) has positioned mind–body relations within mental health policy, research, advocacy and practice. The commonplace to read that 'exercise is medicine', and, the chapter argues that active embodiment has been subsumed within a new corporeal therapeutics aimed at ameliorating mental (ill) health. In the context of mental health, the phenomenon of lifestyle drift is also shaped by the contemporary intersection of two forms of expertise – exercise science and neuroscience.

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Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies

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© 2017 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies on 10 February 2017, available online: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315745664-41

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Fullagar, S, Mind–body relations, Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies, 2017, pp. 401-411

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