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Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Michael Silk, David Andrews, Holly Thorpe


610 pages

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Physical cultural studies (PCS) is a dynamic and rapidly developing field of study. This handbook offers the first definitive account of the state of the art in PCS, showcasing the latest research and methodological approaches. It examines the boundaries, preoccupations, theories and politics of PCS, drawing on transdisciplinary expertise from areas as diverse as sport studies, sociology, history, cultural studies, performance studies and anthropology.

Featuring chapters written by world-leading scholars, this handbook examines the most important themes and issues within PCS, exploring the active body through the lens of class, age, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, (dis)ability, medicine, religion, space and culture. Each chapter provides an overview of the state of knowledge in a particular subject area, while also considering possibilities for developing future research.

Representing a landmark contribution to physical cultural studies and allied fields, the Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies is an essential text for any undergraduate or postgraduate course on physical culture, sports studies, leisure studies, the sociology of sport, the body, or sport and social theory.

Table of Contents


[Michael Silk, David L. Andrews and Holly Thorpe]

Part I: Groundings

1. Historicizing Physical Cultural Studies

[Patricia Vertinsky and Gavin Weedon]

2. Power and Power Relations

[Michael Atkinson and Kass Gibson]

3. Theory and Reflexivity

[Richard Pringle and Holly Thorpe]

4. Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity in PCS

[Leslie Heywood]

5. The Political Imperative of Feminism

[Rebecca Olive]

6. Praxis

[Michael Silk and Joanne Mayoh]

Part II: Practices  

7. Therapeutic Movement / Leisure Practices

[Stephanie Merchant]

8. Exercise and Fitness Practices

[Nick Crossley]

9. Dance Practices

[Pirkko Markula and Marianne Clarke]

10. Lifestyle Sporting Cultures and Practices

[Belinda Wheaton]

11. (High-)Performance Sport

[Jim Denison and J.P. Mills]

Part III: Subjectified Bodies

12. Classed Bodies

[Alan Bairner]

13. Raced Bodies

[Ben Carrington]

14. Gendered Bodies

[Clifton Evers and Jennifer Germon]

15. Sexualized/Sexed Bodies

[Megan Chawansky and Satoko Itani]

16. [Dis]Abled Bodies

[P. David Howe]

17. Young Bodies

[Louise McCuaig, Eimear Enright and Doune Macdonald]

18. Ageing Bodies

[Cassandra Phoenix]

Part IV: Institutionalized Bodies

19. Medicalised and Scientized Bodies

[Parissa Safai]

20. Digital Bodies

[Deborah Lupton]

About the Editors

Michael L. Silk is a Professor of Sport and Social Sciences and Founder and Director of the Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre (SPARC) at Bournemouth University, UK. His research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the relationships between sport, physical activity, the governance of bodies, mediated spectacles, identities and urban spaces. He has published over 100 research articles and has written numerous books including The Cultural Politics of Post-9/11 American Sport, Qualitative Research in Physical Culture, Sports Coaching Research, Sport and Neoliberalism, Sport and Corporate Nationalisms and Qualitative Research for Sports Studies.

David L. Andrews is a Professor of Physical Cultural Studies at the University of Maryland, USA. His research examines physical culture as a complex empirical assemblage (including, but not restricted to, sport, fitness, exercise, recreation, leisure, wellness, dance and health-related movement practices). His publications include Sport–Commerce–Culture, The Blackwell Companion to Sport and Sport and Neoliberalism. He serves as the associate editor of the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, and on the editorial boards of the Sociology of Sport Journal, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Communication and Sport and Leisure Studies.

Holly Thorpe is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Development and Movement Studies at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Her research interests include action sports, youth culture, women's health and critical sport for development studies. Running throughout these topics is a focus on the moving body, social theory and feminist theory. She has published over 60 journal articles and is the author of Transnational Mobilities in Action Sport Cultures and Snowboarding Bodies in Theor

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports