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RACHEL SANDFORD & EMMA RICH

In: Handbook of Physical Education

Chapter 16: Learners and Popular Culture

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Learners and Popular Culture
Learners and popular culture
Introduction

Recent times have seen something of an explosion of interest in relation to the study of young people's social practice, and the impact of these experiences on their understandings of self and identity. In particular, concerns over young people's involvement in “unhealthy” or “antisocial” behaviours, as well as their perceived lack of participation in physical activities, has caused much attention to be directed specifically at youth leisure and lifestyle practices (e.g. Macdonald, 2002; Wright et al., 2003). At the same time, however, there have been significant changes within the nature of contemporary society that have included, in part, a growth in the accessibility and availability of social and cultural discourses, and these are seen to represent significant resources ...

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