Negotiating the policy imperative to be healthy: Australian family repertoires of risk, leisure, and healthy lifestyles

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Title Negotiating the policy imperative to be healthy: Australian family repertoires of risk, leisure, and healthy lifestyles
Author Fullagar, Simone Patricia; Harrington, Maureen Anne
Journal Name Annals of Leisure Research
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies
Abstract This article offers a sociological analysis of how different lower-middle income families engage with Australian government health policies and promotion campaigns aimed at reducing the risk of lifestyle disease (eat well, be active). Bringing together sociological literature across the domains of leisure, family, health and risk we identify tensions between the purposes of health promotion and purposive family leisure. Findings are presented from a qualitative study conducted with 21 adults and children in four families (nuclear, same-sex, single parent, blended) which identify discursive constructions of family leisure time, health and risk. Three key themes were identified within the family leisure repertories that included, tensions between purposive health and leisure goals, the importance of emotional relationships and the calculation of risk and benefit. The effect of class, gender and sexuality was also evident in different family constructions of leisure meanings, opportunity and ability to respond to the individualised responsibility inherent in healthy lifestyle policy. Our critical engagement with healthy lifestyle discourses opens up a range of issues for leisure research, policy and provision that embraces a more complex understanding of the social forces shaping family wellbeing.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Australian & New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS). The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 12
Issue Number 2
Page from 151
Page to 171
ISSN 1174 5398
Date Accessioned 2010-02-25
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography; Sociology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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