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Bearing the Weight of Healthism: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Women’s Health, Fitness, and Body Image in the Gym

Abstract Dominant discourses of health and fitness perpetuate particular ideologies of what it means to be “healthy” and “fit,” often conflating the two terms through conceptualizing the appearance of physical fitness as health. The discourse of healthism, a concept rooted in the economic concept of neoliberalism, fosters health as an individual and moral imperative to perform responsible citizenship, making the appearance of the “fit” body a valued representation of both health and self-discipline. This perspective neglects the social determinants of health and ignores the natural variation of the human body in shape, size, and ability, assuming that health can be seen visually on the body. Through a case study of one particular location of a popul... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Preston, Summer Lane (Author) / Lederman, Linda C (Advisor) / Davis, Olga I (Committee member) / Fonow, Mary Margaret (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / Women's studies / body image / critical discourse analysis / critical health communication / gym / healthism / women
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 216 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Communication 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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