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A case for ‘Collective Physical Activity’: moving towards post-capitalist futures

Dellacasa, Gianmarco; Oliver, Emily J.

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This paper makes the case for a post-capitalist oriented ‘Collective Physical Activity’ (Co-PA) to contribute to individual well-being and social change here and now, while working towards more equitable post-capitalist futures. We begin by underlining systemic issues that exacerbate inequalities, highlighting the need for a ‘leisure for all’ contributing to system change. We briefly critique dominant approaches to promoting sport and physical activity to target inequalities, suggesting three potential improvements: first, diverting attention from organized sport towards personally meaningful physical activities; second, focusing on bottom-up collective opportunities, rather than top-down ones; third, advocating for system change to foster hope and tackle societal issues at their roots. To this end, we propose Co-PA as an approach to physical activity for social justice, suggesting three core features: (i) meaning and enjoyment; (ii) collective engagement; and (iii) a post-capitalist outlook. Finally, we outline examples of how these principles could look like in practice.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 22, 2023
Online Publication Date May 3, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date May 16, 2023
Publicly Available Date May 16, 2023
Journal Annals of Leisure Research
Print ISSN 1174-5398
Electronic ISSN 2159-6816
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
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© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
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