Sport and the body

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This entry examines the history of the body in sport and exercise. The body is, of course, a central element of sport. The history of the of the body in sport is underpinned by sociological and philosophical understandings of the body more generally throughout history. This chapter explores the historiography of sport and the body by examining eras (including Ancient Greece and athleticism in the late Victorian period), influential historians (Patricia Vertinsky, Jennifer Hargreaves and Roberta Park) and prominent concepts of the body (including notions of the body gendered and racialised bodies). Attention has also been paid to emerging issues (such as cyber and augmented bodies) and areas which are worthy of increased attention, such as the rise of social media and New Materialism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Sport History
EditorsMurray Phillips, Douglas Booth, Carly Adams
ISBN (Electronic)9780429318306
ISBN (Print)9780367331733
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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