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This conference paper was originally published as Wright, J, O'Flynn, G and Macdonald, D, Physical activity in the lives of young women and men: embodied identies, in Proceedings of the AISEP Conference, Spain, 2002.


The purpose of this paper is to explore the complex and diverse positions particular young women and men take up in relation to the moral imperatives of the healthism discourse. We do this through a discussion of the ways in which they talk about their own and others’ bodies, in the context of a number of in-depth interviews conducted with them over the course of a year. These interviews were conducted as the major component of a longitudinal qualitative study, funded by the Australian Research Council, which investigates the place and meaning of physical activity and physical culture in young people’s lives.

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