Embodied Sporting Practices: Regulating and Regulatory Bodies

Embodied Sporting Practices: Regulating and Regulatory Bodies


By (author) Kath Woodward


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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 18mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230218059
  • ISBN 13: 9780230218055
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,613,825

Product description

Bodies matter but bodies are also troubling. Are we our bodies? Are bodies the sites of social inscription or do the bodies we have shape who we are? This book uses the global phenomenon and lived experience of sport in order to provide critical analysis of bodies and embodiment, drawing upon feminist and cultural critiques to propose a theory of bodies as assemblages. The book focuses on body practices and on the embodied selves who are part of what makes sport, including participants, fans, followers and commentators. It addresses the problem of social exclusion and the bodies on the margins in the field of sport, in order to explore the links between material bodies and discursive regimes; the bodies that are regulated and the regulating bodies of sports organizations, the state and the media.

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Author information

KATH WOODWARD is Professor of Sociology at the Open University, UK. Her research focuses on the development of feminist theoretical perspectives on gendered, racialised identities. Her publications include Boxing, Identity and Masculinity: The 'I' of the Tiger; Social Sciences: The Big Issues; Questions of Identity and Understanding Identity.

Table of contents

Introduction: Regulating Bodies; Regulatory Bodies Body Matters Sport Bodies at Play Equalities and Inequalities Embodied Selves Situated Bodies, Bodies as Situations Beyond Text: Spectacles, Sensations and Affects Beyond Bodies Conclusion Bibliography