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"I wanna be toned I don't want to be muscular" : dominant discourses and women's exercise choices

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dc.contributor.advisor Helstein, Michelle T.
dc.contributor.author Sheriff, Constance
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-09T21:06:20Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-09T21:06:20Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/2582
dc.description vii, 149 leaves ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores how women who exercise regularly frame their involvement in exercise with regard to discourses of femininity, fitness, consumerism, and healthism, and how these contemporary discourses impact women’s exercise choices. Sixteen semistructured interviews were conducted with women who exercise regularly. The objective was to elicit detailed information about the types of exercise these women were involved in, how they came to exercise in particular ways, and with what rationales. A Foucaultian discourse analysis of the interview transcripts was undertaken to uncover commonalities and differences in how the sometimes competing discourses of femininity, fitness, consumerism, and healthism affect the types of exercise engaged in. By examining the interplay between discourse, power/knowledge, surveillance, discipline, subjectivity, and the resultant construction of normative feminine and health ideals, this thesis attempts to determine how women are constructed, and construct themselves, as regular exercisers and how this construction impacts the ways in which the women chose to exercise. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Kinesiology, c2011 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Physical fitness for women en_US
dc.subject Women -- Health and hygiene en_US
dc.subject Excercise for women en_US
dc.subject Body image en_US
dc.subject Women -- Psychology en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title "I wanna be toned I don't want to be muscular" : dominant discourses and women's exercise choices en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Kinesiology en_US

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