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Getting physical : the rise of fitness culture in America

Author: Shelly McKenzie
Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2013]
Series: Culture America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this first book on the modern history of exercise in America, Shelly McKenzie chronicles the governmental, scientific, commercial, and cultural forces that united--sometimes unintentionally--to make exercise an all-American habit. She tracks the development of a new industry that gentrified exercise and made the pursuit of fitness the hallmark of a middle-class lifestyle. Along the way she scrutinizes a number  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shelly McKenzie
ISBN: 9780700619061 0700619062 9780700623044 0700623043
OCLC Number: 818143722
Description: viii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Fitness in American culture --
"Fitness begins in the high chair:" exercise in the Cold War --
"Your honeymoon figure:" women's weight reduction and exercise in the 1960s --
The heart of the man in the gray flannel suit: men's exercise promotion and the cardiac crisis --
Run for your life: jogging in the 1960s and 1970s --
Temples of the body: health clubs and 1980s fitness culture --
Epilogue: The future of fitness.
Series Title: Culture America.
Responsibility: Shelly McKenzie.

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