Pandemic geographies of physical geography

Coen, S, Cook, S and Hayes, SJ ORCID: 2021, 'Pandemic geographies of physical geography' , in: COVID-19 and similar futures : pandemic geographies , Global Perspectives on Health Geography , Springer Publishing, pp. 165-172.

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Public health measures implemented to control COVID-19 (e.g., lock downs, social distancing) have dramatically changed the geographies of recreational physical activity, closing off traditional exercise places, and pushing people both inside homes and into outdoor spaces in new ways. This chapter problematizes geographies of physical activity in the time of COVID-19 by critically considering the implications of these changes for inequities in physical activity participation. We ask fundamentally whether physical activity even matters in pandemic times, and for whom? First, taking a critical public health perspective, we illustrate how exercise is being ‘weaponized’ against COVID-19 as a tool for the neoliberalization of health that downloads responsibility for COVID-19 prevention and management to a moral problem for individuals. Next, we consider early evidence about the effects of the pandemic on physical activity, which paints a mixed picture while largely indicating a continuation of inequitable trends. Finally, we demonstrate how a pandemic geography along an indoor (private)/outdoor (public) binary not only intensifies existing inequities in physical activity but crystallizes how participation is interconnected with wider social injustices.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Andrews, GJ, Crooks, V, Pearce, J and Messina, J
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: COVID-19 and similar futures : pandemic geographies
Publisher: Springer Publishing
Series Name: Global Perspectives on Health Geography
ISBN: 9783030701789 (hardback); 9783030701796 (ebook)
ISSN: 2522-8005
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Depositing User: SJ Hayes
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2021 11:05
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 06:49

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