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Cheryl L. Cole

In: Handbook of Sports Studies

Chapter 28: Body Studies in the Sociology of Sport: A Review of the Field

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Body Studies in the Sociology of Sport: A Review of the Field
Body studies in the sociology of sport: A review of the field

The conversations accompanying the current surge of work in body studies tend to cast the historical relationship of the body and sociology in terms of absence or neglect. Efforts to explain that exclusion have turned to themes variously related to the mind-body dualism and its manifestation in academic divisions of labor (cf. Franklin, 1996; Hargreaves, 1987; Turner, 1984; Waldby, 1997). The well rehearsed and commonly accepted diagnosis—summarized by Loy, Andrews and Rinehart (1993) as the ‘non-body bias of sociology in general and sport sociology in particular’—leads, somewhat predictably, to calls for ‘embodying’ or bringing the body back into sociology and the sociology of ...

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