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Deleuze and the Physically Active Body

1st Edition

By Pirkko Markula


224 pages

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Hardback: 9781138676732
pub: 2019-06-11
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This volume examines Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy as it relates to the study of the physically active body. It explores theoretical and practical examples of how the physically active body can be examined as a material, social, political, and cultural entity using a Deleuzian perspective.

Examining topics such as, the formation of thought within a capitalist system; sport, exercise, and dance as cultural arrangements; researching the physically active body from a Deleuzian perspective; and Deleuze on Foucault, this book shows ways of investigating the moving body as an agent for initiating social change.

This is fascinating reading for students and researchers working in the fields of the Sociology of Sport, Sport and Politics, and Sport and Social Theory.

Table of Contents


1. The Strata: The Formation of Thought within a Capitalist System

2. The Assemblage: Sport, Exercise and Dance as Cultural Arrangements

3. The Rhizome: Researching the Physically Active Body from a Deleuzian Perspective

4. The Body without Organs: A Purely Intensive Body

5. Becoming: Beyond Identity Politics

6. Affect: Understanding Force

7. Connecting: Deleuze on Foucault

8. Topology of Deterritorialization: Deleuzian Approach to the Moving Body and Social Change

About the Author

Pirkko Markula is Professor of Socio-cultural Studies of Physical Activity at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research interests include social analyses of dance, exercise, and sport in which she has employed several theoretical lenses ranging from critical, cultural studies research to Foucault and Deleuze. She is also a contemporary dancer and choreographer.

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Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports