During the past decade, there has been an outpouring of books on 'the body' in society, but none has focused as specifically on physical culture - that is, cultural practices such as sport and dance within which the moving physical body is central.
Questions are raised about the character of the body, specifically the relation between the ‘natural’ body, the ‘constructed’ body and the ‘alien’ or ‘virtual’ body. The themes of the book are wide in scope, including:
Physical Culture, Power, and the Body aims to break down disciplinary boundaries in its theoretical approaches and its readership. The author’s muli-disciplinary backgrounds, demonstrate the widespread topicality of physical culture and the body.
1. Introduction2. Movement Practices and Fascist Infections: From Dance Under the Swastika to Movement Education in the British Primary School3. Political Somatics: Fascism, Physical Culture and the Sporting Body4. Sport, Exercise and the Female Muslim Body: Negotiating Islam, Politics, and Male Power5. Producing Girls: Empire, Sport, and the Neoliberal Body6. Entertaining Femininities: The Embodied Exhibitions of Striptease and Sport, 1950-19757. The Social Logic of Sparring8. Disabled Bodies and Narrative Time: Men, Sport, and Spinal Cord Injury9. 'It's Not About Health, It's About Performance': Sport Medicine, Health and the Culture of Risk in Canadian Sport10. Welcome to the Sportocracy: 'Race' and Sport After Innocence11. Race and Athletics in the 21st Century12. Technologized Bodies: Virtual Women and Transformations in Understandings of the Body as Natural
The Routledge Critical Studies in Sport series aims to lead the way in developing the multi-disciplinary field of Sport Studies by producing books that are interrogative, interventionist and innovative. By providing theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded texts, the series will make sense of the changes and challenges facing sport globally. The series aspires to maintain the commitment and promise of the critical paradigm by contributing to a more inclusive and less exploitative culture of sport.