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Consumption and Public Life

Fitness Culture

Gyms and the Commercialisation of Discipline and Fun

Authors: Sassatelli, Roberta

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This book provides a sociological perspective on fitness culture as developed in commercial gyms, investigating the cultural relevance of gyms in terms of the history of the commercialization of body discipline, the negotiation of gender identities and distinction dynamics within contemporary cultures of consumption.

About the authors

ROBERTA SASSATELLI is Associate Professor of Cultural Sociology, Department of Social and Political Studies at the University of Milan, Italy. She has published widely on consumer culture and the sociology of the body and cultural theory. Her most recent publication in English is Consumer Culture: History, Theory and Politics.

Reviews

"This engaging exploration of what sustains gym membership as a consumer practice will be of interest to scholars of studies of consumption, the body, leisure and health." - CHOICE Review

"Rejecting cultural dupe models, so prevalent in consumerist analyses of fitness, Sassatelli provides a comprehensive analysis of the range of complicated and sometimes contradictory meanings that participants use to understand their continued participation in a commodified fitness culture." - Journal of Consumer Culture

"Sassatelli has written a great book which will be of wide interest and value to scholars of both embodiment and consumption as well as to the narrower fraternity of 'gym researchers.'" - SocioLogica

"An important contribution to contemporary thought on consumer culture." - Journal of Sociology


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: Bodies, Consumers and the Ethnography of Commercial Gyms

    Pages 1-16

    Sassatelli, Roberta

  • The Cultural Location of Fitness Gyms

    Pages 17-41

    Sassatelli, Roberta

  • Spatiality and Temporality

    Pages 42-66

    Sassatelli, Roberta

  • Interaction and Relational Codes

    Pages 67-96

    Sassatelli, Roberta

  • Framing Fitness

    Pages 97-119

    Sassatelli, Roberta

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Hardcover £70.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-230-50749-4
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Softcover £39.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-35348-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fitness Culture
Book Subtitle
Gyms and the Commercialisation of Discipline and Fun
Authors
Series Title
Consumption and Public Life
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-29208-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230292086
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-50749-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-46487-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-35348-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 236
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