The work of French sociologist, anthropologist and philosopher Pierre Bourdieu has been influential across a set of cognate disciplines that can be classified as physical culture studies. Concepts such as field, capital, habitus and symbolic violence have been used as theoretical tools by scholars and students looking to understand the nature and purpose of sport, leisure, physical education and human movement within wider society.
Pierre Bourdieu and Physical Culture is the first book to focus on the significance of Bourdieu’s work for, and in, physical culture. Bringing together the work of leading and emerging international researchers, it introduces the core concepts in Bourdieu’s thought and work, and presents a series of fascinating demonstrations of the application of his theory to physical culture studies. A concluding section discusses the inherent difficulties of choosing and using theory to understand the world around us. By providing an in-depth and multi-layered example of how theory can be used across the many and varied components of sport, leisure, physical education and human movement, this book should help all serious students and researchers in physical culture to better understand the importance of social theory in their work.
Foreword (Michael Grenfell) Preface Part A: An Introduction to Pierre Bourdieu’s Concepts 1. Pierre Bourdieu and his conceptual tools (lisahunter, Wayne Smith, elke emerald) Part B: Bourdieu in Practice: Using Theory to Understand Physical Cultures 2. ‘I’ll go back next week – it’s complicated’: Returning to dance with the help of Bourdieu (elke emerald, Karen Barbour) 3. Bourdieu, physical culture and universities (Wayne Smith) 4. ‘Stop: No’. Exploring social suffering in practices of surfing as opportunities for change (lisahunter) 5. Bourdieu in the Changing Room (Toni O'Donovan, Rachel Sandford, David Kirk) 6. Putting habitus to work in research on how coaches learn through experience: Identifying a coaching habitus (Richard Light, John Evans) 7. Challenging the economy of gendered practices in PE using Bourdieu’s embodied reflexive sociology (David Brown, David Aldous) 8. Skirting the issue: Women boxers, liminality and change (Elise Paradis) 9. Entering the field as a sports coordinator: negotiating the micropolitics of the profession (Erin Christensen, Anthony Rossi) 10. Bourdieu, young people and physical activity: Intersecting fields of social class and family (Symeon Dagkas, Thomas Quarmby) 11. The paradox of physical activity for Qatari women: Researcher hysteresis and reflexivity (Kelly Knez, lisahunter) 12. Understanding dis/ability in Physical Education through the lens of Bourdieu (Hayley Fitzgerald, Peter Hay) 13. Symbolic capital and the hetero norm as doxa in Physical Education (Karin Redelius, Birgitta Fagrell, Håkan Larsson) 14. Understanding snowboarding bodies with Bourdieu: Some reflections from the snow field (Holly Thorpe) 15. Bourdieu and Body (Qiang Gao) Part C: Issues and Tensions Using Bourdieu 16. Thinking with and outside Bourdieu (Katie Fitzpatrick) 17. Does my research look good in that? Problems, politics and processes when choosing social theory in research in physical culture (Doune Macdonald, Louise McCuaig) 18. Bourdieu comes off the bench: a reflexive analysis of the circulation of ideas within the sociology of sport field (Richard Pringle) 19. Continuing to work with, against and beyond Bourdieu (lisahunter, elke emerald, Wayne Smith)