Renegotiating the Primary School: Children's Emotional Geographies of Sport, Exercise and Active Play

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Abstract

The current UK policy concern with children’s health has led to primary school practices of sport, exercise and active play aimed, in particular, at constructing children’s bodies as ‘healthy’. Qualitative explorations of children’s own values and experiences however, reveal that their understandings of sport in school differ
considerably from its potential to be healthy, instead emphasising emotional geographies of pleasure and enjoyment. This article aims to develop a better understanding of children’s ability to modify and reconstitute discursive corporeal regimes through their own agency, thus highlighting the fluid nature of the primary
school as an institution. Adult discourses and children’s bodily challenges to these mingle and intersect, creating spaces of competing values and discourses that work to transform and renegotiate the primary school. Although this article focuses particularly on the UK context, the findings will be relevant for any country in which child obesity is of current concern for social and education policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-371
JournalChildren's Geographies
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2007

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