Josie Reade

PhD student


Assembling fitspirational bodies: Social media and gender identity work


Dr Dianne Mulcahy and Dr Brady Robards

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Josie Reade is a PhD candidate from the Faculty of Education at The University of Melbourne. Her research and teaching interests include the body, gender, youth, and social media. Josie’s current research takes up a feminist new materialist approach to explore women’s lived experiences and embodied practices of posting and engaging with fitspo (fitness inspiration) content on Instagram. Here, she draws upon data produced through participant-observation and interviews with Instagram users to examine what relations between bodies, images and fitspo can do for how women come to know and understand their bodies and gender

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Josie Reade