Special Issue "Physical Culture"
A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 July 2018).
Interests: the development of interpretive sociological under-standings of the body-self-society relationship in the fields of sport and physical culture; Eastern movement forms as body-self transforming practice and the changing relationships between physical cultures and sustainability respectively
Historically, the term 'physical culture' describes health and fitness movements that emerged from Europe and the United States in the late-19th and early 20th centuries. These were derived from a wide variety of physical activities, such as traditional pastimes, calisthenics, weightlifting, sport, gymnastics, military exercise, and dance. Today, many of these movements continue, added to by new movements such as Crossfit®, as well a truly massive cross-cultural and intercultural array of singular activities ranging from parkour to quidditch. Physical culture has now come to represent almost any activity in which all or part of its focus is on the development particular forms physicality valued by its practitioners. The term also embraces elements of sports and more general cultural formations which have socially and culturally meaningful physical practices embedded within them. The purpose of this Special Issue is to provide a collection of papers that examine the phenomenon of physical culture in contemporary societies from a broadly sociological and cultural studies perspective. In so doing, it invites contributions around the following themes and topics.
- What is physical culture?
- Perception and the senses in and through physical culture
- The body, embodiment, bodywork and physical culture
- Physical culture health, wellbeing and therapy
- Collectivist and individualist physical cultures
- Studying physical culture (methods and strategies)
- The (re)invention of physical culture
- Consuming physical culture
- Sustainable physical culture
- Changing social relations through physical cultures (gender, sexuality, ethnicity, ability, ageing etc.)
- Physical culture and politics
- Physical culture, space and identity
- Global, global and intercultural physical culture
- Cultural heritage and physical culture.
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