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Boys’ Bodies

Speaking the Unspoken

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Edited By Michael Kehler and Michael Atkinson

The chapters in this edited collection examine how the culture of masculinity intersects with issues of health, homophobia, and the suppression and silencing of anxieties about body image among men and boys. Examining the bodily dividends and trade-offs associated with male participation in physical activity is central to understanding how educators in particular might better engage all boys in healthy life practices, not only those privileged by muscularity and physicality. Contributions explore evidence of intimidation and body fears that is largely unheard and unexplored in locker rooms and classrooms. Introducing critical perspectives emerging from current evidence-based international research to shed light on curricular and policy initiatives aimed at producing healthy children, this book will powerfully inform and provoke discussion.

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Preface. Thinking about Boys, Bodies and Health – Michael Kehler and Michael Atkinson .............................................................................................. vii Acknowledgements .......................................................................................... xvii Part One: Reviewing the Intersections of Obesity, Body Image and Masculinity Chapter One. Boys, Girls and the Prejudices of Obesity Research Michael Gard........................................................................................................ 3 Chapter Two. Adolescent Males’ Body Image: An Overview of Research on the Influence of Mass Media – Travis A. Ryan, Todd G. Morrison and Cormac Ó Beaglaoich ..................................................................................... 21 Chapter Three. The “Masculinity Vortex” of School Physical Education: Beyond the Myth of Hyper-masculinity – David Kirk ...................................... 51 Part Two: Enforcing Masculinities Chapter Four. Boys, Gyms, Locker Rooms and Heterotopia – Michael Atkinson and Michael Kehler............................................................................ 73 Chapter Five. Consuming Media, Constructing Masculinities: A Study of Youth Audiences and Physical Education in “Reflexively Modern” Times Brad Millington and Brian Wilson .................................................................. 91 Chapter Six. The Struggle for Recognition: Embodied Masculinity and the Victim-Violence Cycle of Bullying in Secondary Schools James W. Messerschmidt ................................................................................. 113 •CONTENTS• vi Chapter Seven. Soft Pedagogy for a Hard Sport: Disrupting Hegemonic Masculinity in High School Rugby through Feminist-Informed Pedagogy Richard Light and Jeanne Adèle Kentel ....................................................... 133 Part Three: Emerging/Contesting Masculinities Chapter Eight. Negotiating Masculinities in PE Classrooms: Boys, Body Image and “Want[ing] to Be in Good Shape – Michael Kehler ..................... 153 Chapter Nine. Marginalized Boys Speak Out: Insights from School Physical Education for the Obesity Crisis—Nate McCaughtry and Amy Tischler ............................................................................................................. 177 Chapter Ten. Australian Young Men’s Meanings of Physical Activity and Health: An Exploration of Social Class and Schooling – Jessica Lee ............ 201 List of Contributors ......................................................................................... 223 Index…………. .................................................................................................... 229 • P R E F...

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