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Title: The negotiation of physical activity in three generational families
Author: Palmer, Victoria Jane
ISNI:       0000 0004 6422 138X
Awarding Body: Glasgow Caledonian University
Current Institution: Glasgow Caledonian University
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis explores negotiations of physical activity within three generational families; in particular the role families play in creating and reproducing dispositions towards physical activity. In the latter half of the twentieth century physical activity became inextricably linked with health, and is now a prominent focus of research and policy. However, current understandings of why people are active, or not, tend to be simplistic and do not consider the role of the wider social and cultural context in which physical activity occurs. One particular social structure that remains overlooked is family. While it is often assumed that family plays an important role in physical activity choices, we know very little about how beliefs, understandings and practices of physical activity are created and transmitted within families, particularly in families with more than two generations. My work draws on theoretical insights from the work of Pierre Bourdieu, who identified families as a key site for the formation, transmission and reproduction of dispositions and capital, and aims to explore how dispositions are created and reproduced within three generational families. In order to capture a snapshot of physical activity and family life, a novel mixed methods approach utilising qualitative interviews, objective physical activity monitoring and family discussions was adopted. Five three generational families participated in the research. Within these families it emerged that there were family cultures of physical activity that allowed and supported the generational transmission of beliefs, understandings and practices of physical activity. In addition, these family cultures of physical activity fostered the development of physical activity careers. However, my work also highlights that negotiating physical activity within the context of family life is complex. Nevertheless, these families’ experiences of physical activity suggest that family may play a central and illuminating role in nurturing, and transmitting dispositions towards physical activity
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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