Physical Cultural Studies on Sport

Authored by: David L. Andrews , Michael L. Silk

Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415829731
eBook ISBN: 9780203404065
Adobe ISBN: 9781134116621


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Over the past decade or so, there has been a noticeable shift toward physical culture as a field of study in the sociology of sport. This growing trend incorporates a relational and pluralistic approach to, and understanding of, physical culture, whose various expressions of active embodiment (including, but certainly not restricted to, exercise, fitness, health, movement, leisure, recreation, dance, and sport practices), are approached as constituent elements of the broader conjunctural formation out of which they were constituted. Furthermore, this understanding is based on the assumption that the very nature of physical culture renders it a complex empirical site incorporating numerous interrelated aspects that can experienced, and thereby examined, from a variety of levels, including the socio-structural, discursive, processual, institutional, collective, communal, corporeal, and subjective. Hence, and whether acknowledged or not, it is our contention that the sociology of sport community has, in parts, taken a physical cultural turn, an occurrence indivisibly associated with the emergence of physical cultural studies (henceforth PCS) as a complement – as opposed to an alternative – to the sociology of sport.

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