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Sporting Bodies

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Dr Christopher R. Matthews

on 4 March 2016

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Transcript of Sporting Bodies

Sporting Bodies
Signification
How can we think about the body?

A different way of thinking about bodies
Examples from sport
Explanations (theories)
Tasks including 'homework' for next week
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
Biologically
Sport and stratification
Commodified bodies
What's a commodity?
Athletes sell their bodies - how?
Explanations (Theory)
Jarvie reading for more detail & exam!
Civilising Bodies - Elias
Physical Capital - Bourdieu
Body and Knowledge - Foucault
Habitus
Chemically
Genetically
Sexually
Historically
The body and social stratification
images,
Stratifying the body
Signs means something to you - to signify is to give meaning
So how is the body a commodity?
Wages,
What happens when you sell something?
Socially learned second nature
Bourdieu - feel for the game - looking natural, fluid
Concluding thoughts
Sport stratifies bodies
Sport signifies bodies
Cole review paper, ROTBG for next week
Biology Ideology reading complete the worksheet
Questions?
Racially
Politically
Sociologically
Medically
Psychologically
Technologically
Sport and
these bodies?
Back to Geography GCSE -
Bodies that matter
First task - In groups go and find out what bodies matter at Hillbrow -
gym...
sprinters,
newspapers,
posters,
students,
staff,
Document what is 'normal'
Sport signifies bodies - gives meaning to them
What do these bodies mean?
sponsorship
Who does it belong to?
Shareholders,
owners,
managers,
team mates,
fans
What can this lead to?
It no longer belongs to you
'Other' bodies
Control of physical,
Instrumental body,
Discourse,
Highlighting deviance,
Feel for the social game
But
Social stratification looks natural
Naturalisation, normalisation, explanation, justification
Justifying - Difference, sexism, racism, violence, pain,
Sport makes a commodity out of the body
emotional body
body project
- class
science,
surveillance,
conformity
hiding difference
c.matthews2
@brighton.ac.uk
Stand up and come to the front
First, assessment
The place of sports science in this process...
Maguire (2004)
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