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Schooled bodies? : negotiating adolescent validation through press, peers and parents /
Majella McSharry.
imprint
Stoke-on-Trent, UK ; Sterling, VA : Trentham, 2009.
description
viii, 144 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
1858564298 (pbk.), 9781858564296 (pbk.)
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imprint
Stoke-on-Trent, UK ; Sterling, VA : Trentham, 2009.
isbn
1858564298 (pbk.)
9781858564296 (pbk.)
catalogue key
6807790
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 135-142) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Dr. Majella McSharry is Sociology lecturer in the School of Education Studies at Dublin City University, Ireland.
Summaries
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'Schooled Bodies?' offers a methodologically detailed account of the complexities encountered by the adolescents in their pursuit of a sense of embodied validation. It makes connections between the sociology of the body and the sociology of adolescence.
Main Description
This book explores how adolescents in contemporary western culture are schooled on issues of embodiment. Despite an apparently growing lay consensus that adolescence is the time when concerns relating to the body are especially concentrated and complex, sociological literature rarely makes any connection between the sociology of the body and the sociology of adolescence. With its in-depth conversations with adolescents themselves and its exploration of theoretical and empirical discourses, the book bridges this gap. Schooled Bodies? is unique in offering a methodologically detailed account of the complexities encountered by the adolescents in their pursuit of a sense of embodied validation. The in-depth study allows readers to journey into the worlds of teenagers from varied backgrounds, as they reveal embodied narratives that shift frequently between happiness and heartache. Working with these adolescents and their everyday encounters with theoretical perceptions means that the bodies in this book are not mere canvases that have sociological understandings done to them. Instead the participants are agents who themselves actively negotiate, investigate and instigate sociological understandings.
Main Description
This book explores how adolescents in contemporary western culture are schooled on issues of embodiment. Despite an apparently growing lay consensus that adolescence is the time when concerns relating to the body are especially concentrated and complex, sociological literature rarely makes any connection between the sociology of the body and the sociology of adolescence. With its in-depth conversations with adolescents themselves and its exploration of theoretical and empirical discourses, the book bridges this gap. Schooled Bodies?is unique in offering a methodologically detailed account of the complexities encountered by the adolescents in their pursuit of a sense of embodied validation. The in-depth study allows readers to journey into the worlds of teenagers from varied backgrounds, as they reveal embodied narratives that shift frequently between happiness and heartache. Working with these adolescents and their everyday encounters with theoretical perceptions means that the bodies in this book are not mere canvases that have sociological understandings done to them. Instead the participants are agents who themselves actively negotiate, investigate and instigate sociological understandings.
Main Description
This book explores how adolescents in contemporary western culture are schooled on issues of embodiment. Despite an apparently growing lay consensus that adolescence is the time when concerns relating to the body are especially concentrated and complex, sociological literature rarely makes any connection between the sociology of the body and the sociology of adolescence. With its in-depth conversations with adolescents themselves and its exploration of theoretical and empirical discourses, the book bridges this gap. Schooled Bodies'is unique in offering a methodologically detailed account of the complexities encountered by the adolescents in their pursuit of a sense of embodied validation. The in-depth study allows readers to journey into the worlds of teenagers from varied backgrounds, as they reveal embodied narratives that shift frequently between happiness and heartache. Working with these adolescents and their everyday encounters with theoretical perceptions means that the bodies in this book are not mere canvases that have sociological understandings done to them. Instead the participants are agents who themselves actively negotiate, investigate and instigate sociological understandings.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Memories of childhood and adolescencep. 2
Talking to adolescentsp. 4
The Focus of the bookp. 6
Validated Bodiesp. 9
How the popular press validates bodiesp. 11
How adolescents see the role of popular pressp. 12
How teenagers validate bodiesp. 13
Teenagers' role in validating bodiesp. 15
The body validated by popular pressp. 18
The aesthetic-athletic female body in popular pressp. 19
The aesthetic-athletic male body in popular pressp. 20
Adolescents as negotiators of body imagesp. 22
How the aesthetic-athletic body is negotiated by adolescentsp. 23
Adolescents' critiques of the popular press messagep. 26
Conclusionp. 27
Policed Bodiesp. 29
How bodies are policedp. 30
Girls policing girls' bodiesp. 31
Boys don't talk about their bodiesp. 33
Do boys care about their bodies?p. 35
Boys policing boys' bodiesp. 38
Conclusionp. 40
Accepted Bodiesp. 43
Boys neutralising academia through sportp. 44
Friendships based on sportp. 46
Prestigious school activitiesp. 49
The physical competition for acceptancep. 52
Making a physical impressionp. 57
Maintaining a physical impressionp. 61
Conclusionp. 64
Rejected Bodiesp. 67
How stigmatising is normalisedp. 68
Stigmatising the thin bodyp. 70
Passing the body as 'normal'p. 73
The meaning of fatp. 75
Fat: a four letter word?p. 77
Coping with stigmatisationp. 80
Conclusionp. 84
Predictable Bodiesp. 87
Tempting Foodsp. 88
The unregulated body: society's problemp. 91
The unregulated body: the individual's problemp. 94
Balancing temptation and regulationp. 95
Guilty eatingp. 97
Normal or disordered counteracting regimes?p. 101
Conclusionp. 104
Exercised Bodiesp. 107
Working out: social constructionp. 107
Working out: schooling from parentsp. 109
Working out: schooling in the gymp. 112
Working out: embodied construction?p. 115
Validation through working on the bodyp. 118
Validation through working the bodyp. 119
Conclusionp. 124
Schooled Bodiesp. 127
The role of popular pressp. 127
The role of peersp. 129
The role of parentsp. 132
Proving self-value through body validationp. 133
Bibliographyp. 135
Indexp. 143
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