Students’ Construction of the Body in Physical Education Essay

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A Dissertation Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in partial fulfillment of the Requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in The Department of Kinesiology

by Laura Azzarito B.S., Universita’ di Scienze Motorie di Torino, Italy, 1994 M.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 2000 December 2004


I’m very grateful to all the students and teachers who are the subjects of this work. I greatly appreciate their willingness to participate in this research and the time they dedicated to all of the interviews and member checks. I also thank the principals who gave me permission to
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A special and deep thanks to my advisor, Dr. Solmon. Your mentoring has allowed me to explore and find my own research path, and for this Dr. Solmon, I feel extremely lucky and appreciative. Through your guidance, I


feel I have learned and grown a lot in the past four years, especially in learning to question my own assumptions about research and to value quantitative methodologies. I want to thank you, Dr. Solmon, for guiding me to understand the hard work, discipline and rigor that scholarship requires. I especially appreciate your support in my search for a connection between two fields whose theoretical standpoints often differ. And finally, I am very grateful for your help in translating poststructuralist and postmodern ideas into numbers—that, as we know, is not an easy task. With your guidance, I found through this dissertation a point of encounter, the “Indian Hill.” I also thank Dr. Landin for allowing me write everywhere by lending me his laptop, and for challenging me to “fun Friday” running sessions. I am grateful to Janene and Noelle who have been dear friends for giving me so much support during our Ph.D experience. Our lunches have provided moments of graduate student sisterhood, sharing our school experiences and sustaining each other in our journey. A special thanks to Janene: from our very first Ph.D class, your friendship has meant a lot to me and has

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