Physical activity across the life-course: socio-cultural approaches

Evans, Adam, Nistrup, Anne and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2018) Physical activity across the life-course: socio-cultural approaches. In: Palgrave handbook of ageing and physical activity promotion. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9783319712901

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The subjective, lived elements of old age in physical activity promotion are central in defining how older people ascribe meaning to experiences of being active. Many such meanings are developed throughout the life course. From a longitudinal perspective, although continuity theory can be helpful in understanding older people’s sense of self and personal change, its focus on the individual can underplay the substantive influence of socio-cultural factors on the way age and ageing are understood. Using a figurational sociological framework, we illustrate how older peoples’ sense of self can be interdependent with how others define them, and how they define others. We offer recommendations about how this shift in perspective can empower older people to be active agents within figurations of physical activity promotion.

Keywords:Sociology, Ageing, Older adults, Physical activity, Exercise, Figurational sociology
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C600 Sports Science
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:28244
Deposited On:07 Aug 2017 09:01

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