A Physical Cultural Studies perspective on physical (in)activity and health inequalities: The biopolitics of body practices and embodied movement

Simone Fullagar

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In this paper I discuss how a Physical Cultural Studies approach offers a different way of understanding the complex experiences of health, emotional wellbeing and (in)active embodiment as social practices. Non-communicable ‘diseases’ (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity etc) and sedentary lifestyles are growing public health problems in the global South and North. There is a need for new sociocultural approaches to understanding physical (in)activity as a form of body practice and embodied movement that is profoundly biopolitical.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalRevista Tempo e Espaço em Educaçao
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019



  • physical cultural studies
  • gender
  • sport
  • health inequalities

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