Drawing from a socio-cultural and pedagogical perspective, we carry out interdisciplinary research with and for young people at physical culture sites to address current issues of inequalities and inequities. We view sports not simply as games to play or fitness and health as something people have to do; rather, we conceptualize physical activity as a means of constructing the self in society. We explore how bodily practices can be pedagogically constructed as meaningful and culturally relevant to people’s lives in their communities.
Our work examines how sociocultural, political, and economic forces have an impact on the body, school PE, physical activity, fitness, and health. In today’s context of public health, we are particularly interested in understanding how health disparities, structural inequalities, and the materiality of the socio-educational and economic resources young people have access to in the local community contexts of their daily lives inform their physicality development and health.