Dissertation Defense: Playing the Field: Building Fitness Capital Through Inequality

A Dissertation Defense for Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology

Playing the Field: Building Fitness Capital Through Inequality
Ali Mushtaq

Individuals deploy fitness as cultural capital to produce gendered embodiments within given cultural fields. Existing literature, however, does not account for how individuals navigate conflicting demands of a cultural field.  After conducting 35 in-depth interviews and applying a grounded theory design, I find that individuals deploy fitness practices by negotiating variations within a given cultural field or experience potential “crossover” effects between cultural fields. The dissertation examines these findings across three main domains: occupational, racial, and sexual arenas. Finally, through positing the notion of “fitness capital,” I develop a theoretical construct to address limitations in existing cultural capital/field literature.


Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 9:30am to 10:30am

Laurel Heights Campus, room 340, 340, Gay Becker Conference Room 3333 California St., San Francisco, CA

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School of Nursing


Laurel Heights



Social and Behavioral Sciences
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