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Case Study from the South Pacific: Women’s Sport Participation in Fiji: through a Lens of Structural Inequality

Kanemasu, Yoko and Johnson, James D. and Dutt, Atele (2021) Case Study from the South Pacific: Women’s Sport Participation in Fiji: through a Lens of Structural Inequality. In: Physical Activity in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780367362232

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Abstract

In Fiji, a Pacific Island country, non-communicable diseases affect a substantial proportion of the population, constituting the leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Because of the association between these negative health outcomes and obesity, especially among women, Fijian health experts and government leaders have acknowledged the critical task of urgently increasing women’s level of physical activity. While relevant policy makers and sporting stakeholders have taken measures to facilitate opportunities for women to access sport and exercise, the underlying causes and complexities of women’s leisure-time physical inactivity have yet to be closely examined. Based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative data sets, this chapter explores key socio-political factors shaping Fijian women’s leisure-time physical activity levels. From a sociological perspective, it examines the significance of structural inequalities of gender, race/ethnicity, and (dis)ability in understanding barriers to Fijian women’s participation in leisure-time physical activity, especially sport and exercise.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: School of Law and Social Sciences (SoLaSS)
Depositing User: Yoko Kanemasu
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2021 13:23
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2022 12:13
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12846
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