Fit for Consumption Sociology and the Business of Fitness

ISBN-10: 0415421810

ISBN-13: 9780415421812

Edition: 2008

Authors: Jennifer Smith Maguire

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This is the firstnbsp;text to offer a comprehensive socio-cultural and historical analysis of the current fitness culture. Fitness today is not simply about health clubs and exercise classes, or measures of body mass index and cardiovascular endurance. Fit for Consumption conceptualizes fitness as a field within which individuals and institutions may negotiate - if not altogether reconcile - nbsp;the competing and often conflicting social demands made on the individual body that characterize our current era. Intended for researchers and senior undergraduate and postgraduate students of sport, leisure, cultural studies and the body, this book utilizes the US fitness field as a case study through which to explore the place of the body in contemporary consumer culture. Combining observations in health clubs, interviews with fitness producers and consumers, and a discourse analysis of a wide variety of fitness texts, this book provides an empirically grounded examination of one of thepressing theoretical questions of our time: how individuals learn to fit into consumer culture and the service economy; how our bodies and selves become fit for consumption.'
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Book details

List price: $61.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/11/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Making sense of fitness
The roots of fitness: physical culture and physical capital
Health clubs: the stratification of fitness sites
Fitness media: an education in the fitness lifestyle
Personal trainers: in the service of fitness
Lessons from the fitness field
Suggested research tasks for students
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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