“The Boys Won't Let Us Play:” Fifth-Grade Mestizas Challenge Physical Activity Discourse at School

Authors: Oliver, Kimberly L.; Hamzeh, Manal

Source: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 1 March 2010, vol. 81, no. 1, pp. 38-51(14)


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Drawing on feminist, critical, and poststructural theories, the purpose of this research was: (a) to understand fifth-grade mestizas self-identified barriers to physical activity, and (b) to work with them to develop strategies for challenging these barriers. Data were collected over the 2005–06 school year. Our interpretations are divided into three sections: (a) the barriers the girls identified to their physical activity participation; (b) how we worked with them to study their primary self-identified barrier to physical activity—“the boy's won't let us play;” and (c) how we refocused our research to help the girls publicize their barrier to challenge the inequities in physical activity at their school.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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