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Mommy blogging: Understanding athlete-mother identities in a running community using discursive psychological analysis


McGannon, KR and McMahon, JA, Mommy blogging: Understanding athlete-mother identities in a running community using discursive psychological analysis, Digital Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Activity, Routledge, A Bundon (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 109-124. ISBN 9781138235533 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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Physical activity participation has been shown to decrease for mothers as they negotiate good mother ideals and gender ideologies that hold women primarily responsible for care giving at the expense of prioritizing exercise (Currie, 2004; McGannon & Schinke, 2013; Miller & Brown, 2005). Despite the social and cultural barriers to physical activity participation, physical activity and sport pursuits are encouraged for mothers, as such pursuits afford them the opportunity to resist gender ideologies in relation to motherhood that constrain physical activity, and enhance psychological wellbeing (Appleby & Fisher, 2009; Spowart, Burrows & Shaw, 2010; Spowart, Hughson & Shaw, 2008). Women may also negotiate discourses circulated by the media (e.g., medical discourse, individual responsibility/healthism) pertaining to athletics, fitness and motherhood, which may facilitate and/or constrain exercise and sport participation and identity expression (Dworkin & Wachs, 2004; Hodler & Lucas-Carr, in press; Jette, 2006; McGannon, Curtin, Schinke & Schweinbenz, 2012; McGannon, Gonsalves, Schinke & Busanich, 2015).

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:blogging, identity, qualitative research, sport, discursive pyschological analysis
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McMahon, JA (Dr Jennifer McMahon)
ID Code:122821
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-11-30
Last Modified:2018-05-03

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