Re-Focusing the Image of “Other” Girls in Globalized Physical Culture and Education: Visual Storytelling for Social Change

Laura Azzarito, PhD

Louisiana State University and professor at the Columbia University, NY, USA

Her research examines the links among young people’s construction of the body, identity and inequality issues from a pedagogical and sociocultural perspective. Dr. Azzarito is currently conducting visual research projects with young people in urban school physical activity contexts. Her related interests include the theorization and application of visual methods; the examination of the ways in which the intersection of gender/sex, race/ethnicity, (dis)ability and social class discourses in school physical activity informs young people’s construction of the body; visual pedagogies; and curriculum theory. The interdisciplinary nature of her research brings together art education, visual studies, curriculum theory, physical education and physical culture studies. Her research is informed by constructivist, feminist post-structuralist and post-colonial theories. She is CoEditor (with D. Kirk) of Pedagogies, Physical Culture, and Visual Methods (2013, Routledge).