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TRAINING THE BODY FOR HEALTHISM: REIFYING VITALITY IN AND THROUGH THE CLINICAL GAZE OF THE NEOLIBERAL FITNESS CLUB

dc.contributor.advisorAndrews, David Len_US
dc.contributor.authorWiest, Amber Lynnen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-24T05:32:59Z
dc.date.available2014-06-24T05:32:59Z
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/15111
dc.description.abstractAgainst the backdrop of changing understandings of (public) `health' and `fitness' in the contemporary United States, and through a nuanced critique of healthism (Crawford, 1980; Kirk & Colquhoun, 1989; Skrabanek, 1994), the aim of this project is to investigate how mediated renditions of `healthiness' are constructed and maneuvered in the for-profit fitness industry--and interrogate the non-necessary interrelationship between health, fitness, and (bio)citizenship in the historical present (Grossberg, 2006). This is examined through a critical explication of Amber's experiences and observations drawn from her period of (ethnographic) employment in the fitness industry. Focusing specifically on personal training as a biotechnological and pedagogical tool, we explicate how personal training becomes complicit in the communication of particular "healthist" understandings, which unerringly benefit private enterprise (as well as corroborate a pervasive political individualism) through the normalization of the individual's moral responsibility to embody, practice, and ultimately consume healthist practices and ideologies.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleTRAINING THE BODY FOR HEALTHISM: REIFYING VITALITY IN AND THROUGH THE CLINICAL GAZE OF THE NEOLIBERAL FITNESS CLUBen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentKinesiologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledHealth sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPedagogyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledKinesiologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolled(bio)medicalizationen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledbiopedagogyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledfitnessen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledhealthismen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledneoliberalismen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledvitalityen_US


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