AffiliationInland University of Applied SCience, Norway; University of Chester, UK; Inland University of Applied Sciences, Norway
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Other Titles'Othering' and Physical Education in Norway
AbstractIn the past decade or more, improving young people’s mental health has been identified as a priority for policy-makers in many countries, including Norway. Physical education (PE), as a setting for physical activity, is increasingly viewed as having a potentially significant role to play in addressing mental health among the young. This paper reports the findings from a study of 148 Norwegian youngsters (68 girls and 80 boys) from the 10th grade (15-16 year olds) in eight secondary schools in Norway in 2017. It explores Norwegian youngsters’ experiences of PE in relation to aspects of their mental health – specifically, being judged and, by extension, ‘othered’. The findings suggest that PE may undoubtedly serve to generate positive feelings associated with physical activity and games and, in doing so, bolster some youngsters’ self-esteem and self-identities. On the other hand, however, for those less competent in sporting terms, and whose bodily self-image is not particularly positive, the public nature of PE and the nature of the activities that constitute the subject can give rise to unplanned and unintended harm to some youngsters’ mental health – especially in countries, such as Norway, where sport is a significant aspect of the group habitus and collective ‘we-group’ identity.
CitationRøset L, Green K, Thurston M. (2020). ‘Even if you don’t care…you do care after all’: ‘Othering’ and physical education in Norway. European Physical Education Review, 26(3), 622-641. doi:10.1177/1356336X19862303
DescriptionRøset L, Green K, Thurston M. (2020). ‘Even if you don’t care…you do care after all’: ‘Othering’ and physical education in Norway. European Physical Education Review, 26(3), 622-641. Copyright ©  (Copyright Holder). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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