Fitness und Gesundheit in Zeiten demographischen Wandels. Intersektionale Analyse der Selbsttechnologien älterer sportlich aktiver Frauen in Fitnessstudios - ein Vergleich Deutschland (Freiburg) und USA (Massachusetts, Amherst)

Projektleitung:Prof. Dr. Gabriele Sobiech
Mitarbeitende:Sebastian Hartung

As a result of an ever-ageing society, health has become relevant and crucial capital. Being healthy is no longer seen as something dependent on destiny, but as something which is put in one’s own responsibility. This is also true for elderly people and especially true for women, who, due to the difference in life expectancy, tend to take care of their partners and afterwards spend their advanced years alone, to a large extent. In order to spend the additional years in the best of health, the urgent appeal for suitable actions prompts physical activities in the sense of working on one’s ‘self’. It would appear that through working on your body – as pointed out by media, fitness magazines and advertisement of fitness centers – health, ‘successful aging’ and, above all, a long life are guaranteed. On the one hand, this describes a constraint of normalization and appreciation, on the other hand a closer look needs to be taken at the subjectified self-forming during more or less creative and/or resistive practices. The fundamental question is: With which forms of body shaping, do the older women transform these demands into their own subjective practice of self-forming and self-guidance? The aim of an intersectional analysis is to examine biographical interdependancies of self-techniques, milieu, age and gender.