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Play, Physical Activity and Public Health: The Reframing of Children's Leisure Lives.
An Auckland talk with international academic and guest Associate Professor Caroline Fusco.

"This talk will be based on original qualitative research, and analysis of contemporary media from Canada and elsewhere, and is the subject of an upcoming book co-authored with Stephanie Alexander and Katherine Frohlich, due out on Routledge later this year (2018).

The talk will argue that the growing health concerns around childhood play entail a paradox: by advocating, promoting, discussing, and re-directing children’s play, a new form of children’s leisure is emerging - one that is purpose-driven, instrumentalised for health, and ultimately, less free.

The talk will explore how play has become goal-oriented, a means to health ends, and how the management of pleasure in play as well as diverse risk discourses around play continue to limit and constrain possibilities for children and families to play and engage in leisure freely.

Incorporating past critiques of this trend in play, the book authors argue for research and practice to create new possibilities and ways of thinking about children's play, leisure, fun and childhood, that are less constrained and managed, and importantly less geared towards health goals."


Speaker Biography: Caroline Fusco is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, Canada. She favours poststructuralist, postcolonial, feminist and cultural geography theories and her work is grounded in the pursuit of equity, inclusion and social justice. Her current research interests centre on the cultural landscapes of play, youth and ecologies of urban recreation, intersectional studies of sport, sexuality and space, and she is most passionate about bringing a critical animal studies lens to the disciplines of kinesiology, recreation and sport.

Venue: AUT North Campus Lecture theatre AB201
Date: Wednesday 4th July 12noon to 1pm
This talk is a free event brought to you by the School of Public Health & Psychosocial Studies| AUT University in collaboration with Associate Professor Caroline Fusco | Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, Canada.


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