Bodies, health, lifestyle and digital media in context of gym exercisers

Alicia Ettlin

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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This PhD thesis contributes to research on health, wellbeing and bodywork by exploring contemporary discourses around the understanding and expectations of physical exercise, tracking and body monitoring. Drawing upon a range of social and cultural theories, innovative insights into how young Australian gym-goers navigate the multiple and sometimes contradictory norms of bodywork and ideals emerged. Key findings included that for many participants, these norms and ideals remain closely connected, and tied up with complex questions of appearance and health, shame and pride, and surveillance and empowerment. It is demonstrated that gym-work and exercise is deeply associated with personal identity.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Fozdar, Farida, Supervisor
  • Cover, Rob, Supervisor
Award date11 Nov 2019
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019


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