The body is fundamental to all forms of sporting practice. Yet in sport, as in many other spheres, practically and theoretically the body has been confined to the sphere of the natural sciences, especially biology and medicine (and the ‘mind’ to philosophy and psychology). This annexation reflects the ‘rationalist bias in Western culture’ (Hargreaves, 1987: 139) which entails a dualism in which the body and mind are separated, with the mind representing civilisation and the body representing nature. It is therefore hard, in Western thought, to imagine the body as anything other than a ‘natural phenomenon’. Thus it is only very recently that the sociology of sport – mirroring sociology more widely – has taken ...
The Body/Embodiment (Health and Exercise)
The body/embodiment (health and exercise)