The social relations of a health walk group: an ethnographic study

GRANT, Gordon, POLLARD, Nicholas, ALLMARK, Peter, MACHACZEK, Kasia and RAMCHARAN, Paul (2017). The social relations of a health walk group: an ethnographic study. Qualitative Health Research, 27 (11), 1701-1712.

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It is already well established that regular walks are conducive to health and wellbeing. This paper considers the production of social relations of regular, organized weekly group walks for older people. It is based on an ethnographic study of a Walking for Health group in a rural area of the United Kingdom. Different types of social relations are identified arising from the walk experience. The social relations generated are seen to be shaped by organizational factors that are constitutive of the walks, the resulting culture having implications for the sustainability of the experience. Since there appears to be no single uniting theory linking group walk experiences to the production of social relations at this time, the findings are considered against therapeutic landscape, therapeutic mobility and social capital theorizing. Finally, implications for the continuance of walking schemes for older people and for further research are considered.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Departments: Health and Well-being > Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Katarzyna Machaczek
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 08:51
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2018 20:24

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