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On lenses and blind spots in qualitative exercise and environment research: A Response to Stephanie Coen

Hitchings, R; Latham, A; (2018) On lenses and blind spots in qualitative exercise and environment research: A Response to Stephanie Coen. Health & Place , 53 pp. 268-270. 10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.12.001. Green open access

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Abstract

Qualitative research focused on how people experience the social and material environments in which they exercise has the potential to inform public health agendas in all sorts of ways. This commentary takes up the claim made by Stephanie Coen that such research should begin with an ‘equity lens’ and place a greater emphasis on ‘critique’ than we did in the ‘Exercise and Environment’ special issue to which she responds. At its best qualitative research reveals new ways of thinking about the social and material contexts at hand. As such, it has the potential to highlight important dimensions of the lived experience of popular fitness practices that may have hitherto been relatively overlooked. Always starting with the overt aim of applying an ‘equity lens’ truncates the possibility of discovering such dimensions. Furthermore, being too wedded to an overtly critical stance may end up hindering, rather than encouraging, the most positive dialogue between those studying the cotemporary exercise experience and those involved in public health.

Type: Article
Title: On lenses and blind spots in qualitative exercise and environment research: A Response to Stephanie Coen
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.12.001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.12.001
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Public, Environmental & Occupational Health, Qualitative methods, physical fitness, exercise, environment, public health, dialogue, PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY, CANCER, WOMEN, RISK
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10076095
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