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My place through my eyes: A social constructionist approach to researching the relationships between socioeconomic living contexts and physical activity

Carroll, Julie-Anne, Adkins, Barbara A., Parker, Elizabeth A., Foth, Marcus, & Jamali, Soad (2008) My place through my eyes: A social constructionist approach to researching the relationships between socioeconomic living contexts and physical activity. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 3(4), pp. 204-218.

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Abstract

Empirical research has shown that household and neighbourhood characteristics are significantly linked to particular health-behaviour profiles. Specifically, people living in lower socioeconomic living contexts tend to be associated with less active and healthy lifestyles. However, what is not yet fully understood is how living contexts work to produce and sustain common or shared behavioural patterns. To address this question, we employed Berger and Luckmans (1966) social constructionist conceptualisation of context to study a group of residents who had recently moved from poorer living contexts to a mixed-tenure, inner city, new urban village equipped with various resources promoting a physically active lifestyle. This framework was coupled with Charmaz's (1995; 2006) social constructionist approach to grounded theory. An analysis of the qualitative data gave rise to the conceptual categories of 'being flogged up something fierce', 'running away', 'sleeping with one eye open', 'you're just fat', and 'exercise as a dream' as the key contextual influences mediating poor living contexts and low physical activity levels. A core category of 'identity management' was located. The selection of this case and the findings exhibited here draw attention to the need for a situated understanding of how particular lifestyles develop in socioeconomic living contexts. The insights need to be drawn from ‘insider perspectives’ in order to ensure more sensitive and effective interventions in the future.

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ID Code: 14747
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: socioeconomic, inequalities, physical activity, contexts, urban
DOI: 10.1080/17482620802401188
ISSN: 1748-2631
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health and Community Services (111708)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY (060300) > Ethology and Sociobiology (060304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being 3(4):pp. 204-218]. [International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being] is available online at informaworldTM with http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17482620802401188
Deposited On: 30 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 00:54

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