1st Edition

Transforming Sport and Physical Cultures through Feminist Knowledges

    158 Pages
    by Routledge

    158 Pages
    by Routledge

    Transforming Sport and Physical Cultures through Feminist Knowledges contributes new perspectives on the entanglement of digital and physical cultures, more-than-human relations, post and decolonial ways of knowing, and how onto-epistemologies of sport come to matter. These perspectives are explored through a diverse array of topics, including, the embodiment of netball through Feminist Physical Cultural Studies; pregnant embodiment and implications of the postgenomic turn; posthumanist perspectives on women’s negotiation of affective body work and an autoethnographic account of how masculinity materialises through football; the mediation of gendered subjectivity through the digital-physical cultures of cycling; as well as how decolonial and postcolonial approaches identify the gendered and racialised relations of power in sport for development and football campaigns aimed at women’s empowerment. The thread that connects these chapters is the ‘doing’ of feminism as a generative knowledge practice that can transform ways of imagining, knowing, and affecting more equitable futures.

    This feminist collection contributes to the movement of ideas and transformation of knowledge within and across sport and physical cultures. Authors explore the power relations implicated in the gendered formation of physical cultures (across leisure, sport, the arts, tourism, well-being, and various embodied practices) from a range of disciplinary perspectives and theory-method approaches.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Leisure Sciences.

    1. Feminist Knowledges as Interventions in Physical Cultures

    Simone Fullagar, Emma Rich, Adele Pavlidis and Cathy van Ingen

    2. Feminism and the Physical Cultural Studies Assemblage: Revisiting Debates and Imagining New Directions

    Holly Thorpe and Amy Marfell

    3. Exploring Prenatal Physical Activity at the "Postgenomic Turn": A Transdisciplinary Journey

    Shannon Jette, Katelyn Esmonde and Julie Maier

    4. Gender Relations and Sport for Development in Colombia: A Decolonial Feminist Analysis

    Sarah Oxford and Ramón Spaaij

    5. Creating Distance from Body Issues: Exploring New Materialist Feminist Possibilities for Renegotiating Gendered Embodiment

    Julia Coffey

    6. Becoming Footballer: An Authoethnographic Inquiry

    John Ray

    7. Cycling Assemblages, Self-Tracking Digital Technologies and Negotiating Gendered Subjectivities of Road Cyclists On-the-Move

    Lance Barrie, Gordon Waitt and Chris Brennan-Horley

    8. SheBelieves, but does she? Complicating white women’s understandings of the postfeminist-neoliberal empowerment discourse

    Julie Brice and David L. Andrews


    Simone Fullagar is chair of the Sport and Gender Equity research hub at Griffith University. As an interdisciplinary sociologist Simone works with feminist new materialist theories and (post)qualitative methods to pursue change across sport, health, and physical cultures.

    Emma Rich is chair of the Physical Culture, Sport and Health research group at University of Bath. Working across sociology and critical pedagogies, her work advances theoretical frameworks to understand how people learn about health and their bodies and the impact on their identities, health practices, and physical activity.

    Adele Pavlidis is an interdisciplinary sociologist at Griffith University. Her work traverses the fields of sport, mental health, and feminism and draws on contemporary theorisations of affect and emotion. She has published two co-authored monographs and a number of articles in international peer-reviewed journals and edited collections.

    Cathy van Ingen is an interdisciplinary scholar whose academic and activist work is informed by cultural studies, feminist, and critical race theories. Her research is focused on gender-based violence, sport for development and peace, trauma and violence informed approaches to physical culture, and the relationship between sport, inequality, and social change.