Capital building through gym work

Stewart, B, Smith, A and Moroney, B 2013, 'Capital building through gym work', Leisure Studies, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 542-560.


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Title Capital building through gym work
Author(s) Stewart, B
Smith, A
Moroney, B
Year 2013
Journal name Leisure Studies
Volume number 32
Issue number 5
Start page 542
End page 560
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This research employed Pierre Bourdieu's model of capital accumulation to frame the benefits conferred by gym use. Thirteen participants from four gyms in Melbourne, Australia, were purposefully selected for in-depth interviews, where detailed case histories were solicited, and data were analysed using a narrative coding model. Results indicated that the two most highly valued forms of capital were bodily capital and psychological capital. All 13 participants cited gym work as the means by which they built a better looking and better functioning body. They also advised that gym work had strengthened their selfesteem and psychological resilience, which, in turn, enabled them to present themselves more confidently in their various social roles outside the gym. In contrast, these 13 gym users accrued low levels of cultural and symbolic capital through their activities, and contrary to previous studies, also secured little social capital from gym work.
Subject Sociology not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) benefits
Bourdieu
capital accumulation
exercise
gym-work
DOI - identifier 10.1080/02614367.2012.697183
Copyright notice © 2012 Taylor & Francis
ISSN 0261-4367
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