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Managing the Body: Beauty, Health, and Fitness in Britain 1880-1939

Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska


This book explores the emergence of modern male and female bodies within the context of debates about racial fitness and active citizenship in Britain from the 1880s until 1939. The book analyses the growing popularity of hygienic regimen or body management to cultivate beauty, health, and fitness such as dietary restrictions, exercise, sunbathing, dress reform, and birth control. These bodily disciplines were advocated by a loosely connected group of life reform and physical culture promoters, doctors, and public health campaigners against the background of rapid urbanization, th ... More

Keywords: the body, masculinity, femininity, beauty, health, fitness, eugenics, diet, exercise, public health, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280520
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280520.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska, author
Professor of Modern British History, University of Illinois, Chicago