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JOHN EVANS & BRIAN DAVIES

In: Handbook of Physical Education

Chapter 7: The Sociology of Physical Education

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The Sociology of Physical Education
The sociology of physical education
A Brief History: Sociology and the Sociology of Physical Education

It is now over 20 years since the publication of Physical Education, Sport and Schooling. Studies in the Sociology of Physical Education and Sport (Evans, 1986), our modest contribution toward the development of a sociology of physical education in the UK and elsewhere. There we lamented the near absence in mainstream sociology, its sub-discipline the sociology of education and in educational research of any significant interest in how physical education (PE) was implicated in processes of socio-cultural reproduction or, in current speak, how “the body is schooled” (Evans, 1988; Evans et al., 2004; Hargreaves, 1982; Jenkins, 1982; Kirk, 1993; Laker, 2002; Shilling, 1993). As professionals interested in ...

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