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'Working out' for two: performances of 'fitness' and femininity in Australian prenatal aerobics classes


Nash, M, 'Working out' for two: performances of 'fitness' and femininity in Australian prenatal aerobics classes, Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 19, (4) pp. 449-471. ISSN 1360-0524 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/0966369X.2011.624589


In this article, I consider the distinctly classed places/spaces in which affluent Australian pregnant women physically maintain their bodies through aerobics. The case study described is drawn from data obtained between 2006 and 2008 in a longitudinal study examining feelings about body image and ‘fatness’ in a sample of pregnant women in Melbourne, Australia. The ways in which pregnant bodies are disciplined within gym spaces are discussed through a case study of a prenatal fitness centre, FitForTwo, and drawing on narrative data of pregnant informants. FitForTwo is described as a primary site for the performance of ‘fit’ pregnancy and underscored by bodies that can be shaped, trained, moulded and modified. This case study is analysed against a backdrop of a growing Australian moral panics about ‘fighting’ maternal obesity. It adds to a body of feminist geographical and qualitative studies of pregnancy, bringing both a more sustained, longitudinal analysis than previously offered, and an Australian context that offers rich comparative material.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)
ID Code:73669
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2011-10-21
Last Modified:2017-10-05
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