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Transcript of Sporting Bodies
How can we think about the body?
A different way of thinking about bodies
Examples from sport
Class tasks and links to other lectures
That task was about signification - Looking for signs
Today's session plan, aims and what you should have in your brain by the end...
Introduction to the readings - for assessment
Sport and stratification
What's a commodity?
Athletes sell their bodies - how?
Jarvie reading for more detail & exam!
Civilising Bodies - Elias
Physical Capital - Bourdieu
Body and Knowledge - Foucault
The body and social stratification
Stratifying the body
Signs means something to you - to signify is to give meaning
So how is the body a commodity?
What happens when you sell something?
Socially learned second nature - Link to last week
Bourdieu - feel for the game - looking natural, fluid
Sport stratifies bodies
Sport signifies bodies
Cashmore, E. (2010) Making Sense of Sports
Back to Geography GCSE -
Bodies that 'matter'
Task - In groups go and find out what bodies matter at Hillbrow -
Document what is 'normal'
Sport signifies bodies - gives meaning to them
What do these bodies mean?
Who does it belong to?
What can this lead to?
It no longer belongs to you
Control of physical,
Feel for the social game
Social stratification looks natural
Naturalisation, normalisation, explanation, justification
Justifying - Difference, sexism, racism, violence, pain,
Sport makes a commodity out of the body
Task - Stand up and come to the front
The place of sports science in this process...
Commodification can explain behaviours
Habitus can explain how they look and become 'natural'
Develop some of these ideas next week
- building up our argument each week