Boys, Bodies, and Physical Education: Problematizing Identity, Schooling, and Power Relations through a Pleasure Lens, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Boys, Bodies, and Physical Education

Problematizing Identity, Schooling, and Power Relations through a Pleasure Lens, 1st Edition

By Göran Gerdin


216 pages

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Using visual ethnography, this book explores the many forms of pleasures that boys derive in and through the spaces and their bodies in physical education. Employing the works of Michel Foucault and Judith Butler, Gerdin examines how pleasure is connected to identity, schooling, and power relations, and demonstrates how discourses of sport, fitness, health and masculinity work together to produce a variety of pleasurable experiences. At the same time, the book provides a critique of such pleasurable experiences within physical education by illustrating how these pleasures can still, for some boys, quickly turn into displeasures and can be associated with exclusion, humiliation, bullying and homophobia.

Boys, Bodies, and Physical Education argues that pleasure can both be seen as an educational and productive practice in physical education but also a constraint that both engenders and privileges some boys over others as well as (re)producing narrow and limited conceptions of masculinity and pleasures for all boys. This book works to problematize these pleasures and their articulations with gender, bodies, and spaces.

Table of Contents

Part I: Background 1. Boys will be Boys? 2. Gender, Bodies, Spaces and (dis)Pleasures 3. Visual Ethnography of Boys’ PE Part 2: A Visual Ethnography of Kea College 4. Sporting and Masculinising Spaces: The Performative and Pleasurable Spaces of Boys’ PE 5. The Production of Masculine (dis)Pleasures in Boys’ PE 6. ‘Sporty’, ‘Fit’ and ‘Healthy’: The Materialisation of Pleasurable Bodies in Boys’ PE 7. The (dis)Pleasures of Learning in, through and about Movement

About the Author

Göran Gerdin is Senior Lecturer of Physical Education and Sport at Linnaeus University, Sweden.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education

Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education showcases scholarly work over a wide range of educational topics, contexts and locations within gender and sexuality in education. The series welcomes theoretically informed scholarship including critical, feminist, queer, trans, postcolonial, and intersectional perspectives, and encourages creative and innovative methodological approaches. Proposals dealing with critical policy analysis, as it relates to gender and sexuality studies in education, are also invited. The series is committed to publishing scholarly monographs, both sole and co-authored, and edited collections.

Please send inquiries and proposals to: Wayne Martino ([email protected]), Emma Renold ([email protected]) and Elsbeth Wright ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Physical Education
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports