Along with the brilliant Steph Coen and Sam Hayes, we have a new book chapter out this week that explores the role of and changes to physical activity during the pandemic.
As part of a collection exploring various geographical impacts, implications and changes of COVID-19, our brief chapter we explore four key areas:
- If physical activity even matters in a pandemic and for whom.
- How physical activity is being weaponised against COVID-19 as a tool for the neoliberalisation of health that downloads responsibility for COVID-19 prevention and management to a moral problem for individuals.
- The effects of the pandemic on physical activity, which paints a mixed picture while largely indicating a continuation of inequitable trends.
- How the indoor-outdoor binary geography of physical activity intensifies existing inequities in physical activity and crystallizes how participation is interconnected with wider social injustices.
A lot to fit into 3000 words! This was a fun team piece to work on and reflect on the early impacts of the pandemic on physical activity.
If you would like to read the piece: