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Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Michael L. Silk, David L. Andrews, Holly Thorpe


610 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

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]

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]

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 Theory and Practice. She has also co-edited the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports, the Greenwood Guides to Extreme Sport series and Women in Action Sport Cultures.

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Subject Categories

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