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A Turning Point as an Opportunity to (Re)Think and Give a Voice to One’s Own Body

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Department of Musical, Plastic and Body Expression, University of Valladolid, 34004 Palencia, Spain
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School of Health Sciences, Örebro University, 701 81 Örebro, Sweden
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Societies 2019, 9(3), 60; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc9030060
Received: 26 July 2019 / Revised: 12 August 2019 / Accepted: 13 August 2019 / Published: 17 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Socio-cultural and Critical Approaches to Health and the Body)
This article explores the intersectionalities of masculinity, fatherhood, and physical activity in relation to a Physical Education teacher who has been diagnosed with an illness. In so doing, we draw on autobiographical narratives to delve into how embodied subjectivities are constructed to advance knowledge on a new embodied way of being a man and a PE teacher that can be accepted and embraced. The results are organised into three main themes: (1) narratives of continuation: the “before” of chronic illness; (2) narratives of disruption: back pain and temporary physical disability; and (3) restitution narratives: damn it, now that I am a father. The results suggest that narratives such as those presented in this article contribute to the continuously changing process of life projects and that illness can assist in redefining and reconstituting the persona of a PE teacher. View Full-Text
Keywords: illness; embodied disruption; masculinity; fatherhood; Physical Education; narratives; Frank illness; embodied disruption; masculinity; fatherhood; Physical Education; narratives; Frank
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González-Calvo, G.; Varea, V. A Turning Point as an Opportunity to (Re)Think and Give a Voice to One’s Own Body. Societies 2019, 9, 60.

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