Women and Fitness in American Culture

Women and Fitness in American Culture

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Women and Fitness in American Culture explores and explodes common representations and experiences of American fitness. This book takes women's experiences as the center of inquiry toward an understanding of the function of fitness in our lives and in our culture-at-large. Ranging from 1968 to present day, from Jane Fonda to WiiFit, from revolution to institutionalization, from personal to political, and beyond, this book considers a broad range of topics from an interdisciplinary perspective including; generations, cultural appropriation, community development, art choreography, methodology, healing, and social justice. Drawing on her experience as a cultural theorist, educator, and fitness instructor, the author offers critical and creative approaches that reveal the limitations and possibilities of fitness. This work asks us to think about our own relationship to fitness as well as the more abstract meanings of this term and ultimately argues that a multidimensional idea of fitness has some potential to transform ourselves and our worlds...if we're willing to do the work(out).Zumba has begun the trend of silent cueing, a quality that makes it easy to transfer this program from one country to another, from one language location to the next. Talented ... In many fitness programs ... Words can remind us that we should be feeling, not simply doing, and that there is a purpose beyond burning calories.

Title:Women and Fitness in American Culture
Author:Sarah Hentges
Publisher:McFarland - 2013-11-05


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