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Title: 'Body training': Investigating the embodied training choices of/for mothers in West London
Authors: Wainwright, E
Buckingham, S
Marandet, E
Smith, F
Keywords: Training;Body work;Mothers;West London;Performativity;Identity
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Geoforum, 41(3): 489 - 497, (2010)
Abstract: Framed by the UK Government's efforts to combat social exclusion by encouraging a shift from welfare to work through (re)training, this paper explores the types of training courses being offered to and taken by women with young children in West London. Drawing upon qualitative research, the paper explores the actual and desired uptake of 'body training' courses among mothers, linked, in part, to the current 'body work' skills gap in the local economy. The encouragement given to women and the interest they have in engaging in 'body training' is, we suggest, linked to the discursive construction and performance of a highly feminised and, often, maternal identity, which emphasises women's caring role and the caring self. By probing the body/training nexus through the motivations and choices of mothers in West London the paper raises questions about gender identity and stereotyping in relation to training-for-work policies and the role of training in (re)inforcing the woman-body coupling within Western dualistic thought.
ISSN: 0016-7185
Appears in Collections:Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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