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Making Gender and Motherhood Through Pedagogies of Digital Health and Fitness Consumption: ‘Soon It Made Us More Active as a Family’

  • Emma Rich
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Abstract

The relationship between gender and technology has long been the attention of feminist scholars and activists, in terms of both constituting gender (Wajcman, 2004, 2007) and, more recently, the potential of digital platforms in disseminating feminist ideas (Baer, 2016). As technology has become increasingly part of our everyday lives, questions have been raised about the impact this has on gender inequalities and the possibilities for challenging injustice. One notable area in which everyday leisure practices are being transformed by the digital is through the recent proliferation of digital technologies designed for health and fitness.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department for HealthUniversity of BathBathUK

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