Sport, physical activity and ageing

Authored by: Cassandra Phoenix , Meridith Griffin

Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415631143
eBook ISBN: 9780203097090
Adobe ISBN: 9781136221033


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The social and cultural context of sport and physical activity matters. It is a key arena for displaying, encountering and theorizing the ageing process. In light of this, scholarly work on sport, physical activity and ageing has dramatically increased in recent years to include books (e.g. Baker et al. 2010, Gibson & Singleton 2012, Tulle 2008a), journal special editions (e.g. Ageing & Society on Active Ageing 2012a, and Sport, Athleticism, and Physical Activity 2012b), specialist journals and a throng of journal papers devoted to the topic, which span a range of disciplines. This research has outlined the benefits of being physically active in older age (Chodzko-Zajko 2000), with less concern for understanding the experiences of older people themselves or their diverse and situated positions within society (Markula, Grant & Denison 2001, Phoenix & Grant 2009).

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