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Wrench, A.
Framing citizenship: from assumptions to possibilities in health and physical education
(2019) Sport, Education and Society, 24 (5), pp. 455-467.

DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2017.1403314

Within the Australian context physical education (PE) and more recently health and physical education (HPE) have long been ascribed utilitarian value for producing healthy citizens. Whilst this has not been a linear progression over time, traces from the past do inform current assumptions about this utilitarian role. Of consequence are historical contingencies and responses to societal problems around health-related conduct and capabilities of the nations’ citizens. In this paper a genealogical approach is adopted to explore discourses and power relations that have framed the contribution of PE and HPE in shaping students for healthy citizenship. Disciplinary technologies associated with military-style physical training, civilising technologies of game play and responsibilising governmental technologies of contemporary policies will be explored. I conclude in arguing that if HPE is to prepare all students for equitable, inclusive citizenship what is required is the adoption of curricula and pedagogies that counteract hegemonic notions of individual responsibility for healthy citizenship. © 2017, © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Author Keywords
citizenship; Foucault; genealogy; Health and physical education

Index Keywords
adoption, citizenship, genealogy, human, human experiment, pedagogics, physical education, responsibility, student, training

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