1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies

Edited By Michael Silk, David Andrews, Holly Thorpe Copyright 2017
    640 Pages
    by Routledge

    640 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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

    21. Spiritualized and Religious Bodies

    Andrew Parker and Nick J. Watson

    22. Aestheticized Bodies

    Julia Coffey

    23. Fat Bodies

    Michael Gard

    24. Mediated and Commodified Bodies

    David Rowe

    25. Spectacular and Eroticized Bodies

    Toby Miller

    26. Punished Corporal Bodies

    Aaron L. Miller

    Part V: Experiential Bodies

    27. Injured, Pained and Disrupted Bodies

    Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson

    28. Risky/Risking Bodies

    Mike Brown

    29. Invisible (Women’s) Bodies

    Kim Toffoletti and Catherine Palmer

    30. Affective and Pleasured Bodies

    Adele Pavlidis

    31. Mobile Bodies

    Phil Jones

    32. Pregnant Bodies

    Shannon Jette

    Part VI: Spaces  

    33. "Natural", Intimate and Sensory Landscapes

    Gordon Waitt

    34. Physical Cultural Studies, Sport and the Environment

    Brian Wilson and Brad Millington

    35. Urban and Securitised Spaces

    Michael Silk and Andrew Manley

    36. Healthified Spaces

    Caroline Fusco

    37. Affective Cities

    Alan Latham and Derek P. McCormack

    38. Exercise and Fitness Spaces

    Roberta Sassatelli

    39. Sport, Migration and Space

    Thomas F. Carter

    Part VII: Contexts and Sites of Embodied Practice

    40. Mind/Body Relations

    Simone Fullagar

    41. Community and Physical Culture

    Jacob J. Bustad and Bryan C. Clift

    42. Physical Education, Policy and Embodied Pedagogies

    Lisette Burrows and Laura De Pian

    43. International Development and Policy

    Simon C. Darnell

    44. Global Mega-Events, Policy and Legacy

    Barbara Schausteck de Almeida

    45. Digital Mediation, Connectivity and Affective Materialities

    Jessica Ringrose and Laura Harvey

    Part VIII: Methodological Contingencies

    46. Critical Discourse Analysis

    Toni Bruce, Jenny Rankine and Raymond Nairn

    47. Texts / Representation

    Cheryl Cooky

    48. Ethnographic Approaches

    Ryan King-White

    49. People in Contexts

    Natalie Barker-Ruchti and Astrid Schubring

    50. Narrative Inquiry and Autoethnography

    Brett Smith

    51. Poetry, Poiesis and Physical Culture

    Katie Fitzpatrick

    52. Sensory, Digital and Visual Methodologies

    Sarah Pink, Vaike Fors and Martin Berg

    53. Digital Media Methodologies

    Steph MacKay

    Part IX: Politics and Praxis

    54. Physical Cultural Studies and Public Pedagogies

    Emma Rich and Jennifer A. Sandlin

    55. Critical Corporeal Curricula, Praxis and Change

    Jessica Francombe-Webb, Michael Silk and Anthony Bush

    56. Sport, Development, and Social Change

    Shawn Forde, Devra Waldman, Lyndsay Hayhurst and Wendy Frisby

    57. Corporate Social Responsibility

    Roger Levermore

    58. Embodiment and Reflexive Body Politics

    Josh Newman and Michael Giardina


    Tara Brabazon


    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

    "A useful starting point for discussion as to the nature of current thinking in [physical cultural studies] and some indications as to where the field may go ... Summing Up: Recommended" - S. H. M. Reekie, San Jose State University, CHOICE