Body Image and Identity – Sporting History and Sporting Cultures What you can do for yourself is to eat the best diet possible. Then you train harder than you have ever done before… and you do this over and over again, even though there are training sessions and occasions that get you down - you keep going ...” quote: bodybuilder Rasmus Hansen).
Why do we exercise our body? This is one of the key issues examined in this book. The book looks into three "movements" within sporting and physical culture, namely gymnastics, competitive sport and bodybuilding. These three movements represent different motives for exercising and are a starting point from which the reader can examine their own motivation for exercising. The book examines the movements’ historical impetus as well as contemporary perspectives, and thus delves into sporting history and the sociology of sport.
The book also puts into perspective the relationships between our sporting activities, our body and our identity, and examines the importance of the norms and values of the world around us in influencing our motivation for exercising.
In the course of the book a number of different tasks will be carried out, including film production, visual collages, essays, articles and timelines. The work on the tasks are carried out using a number of apps including iMovie, Explain Everything, Pages, Popplet and Glogster.
The book can be used at several levels of physical education at secondary and high school, further education colleges and adult education centres. It can also be used in interdisciplinary courses with e.g. English or cultural and social studies, as well as courses with health as their theme.