Sport and the Social Significance of Pleasure

Richard Pringle, Robert E. Rinehart, Jayne Caudwell

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This innovative text's critical examination foregrounds the prime reason why so many people participate in or watch sport - pleasure. Although there has been a "turn" to emotions and affect within academia over the last two decades, it has been somewhat remiss that pleasure, as an integral aspect of human life, has not received greater attention from sociologists of sport, exercise and physical education. This book addresses this issue via an unabashed examination of sport and the moving body via a "pleasure lens." It provides new insights about the production of various identities, power relations and social issues, and the dialectical links between the socio-cultural and the body. Taking a wide-sweeping view of pleasure - dignified and debauched, distinguished and mundane - it examines topics as diverse as aging, health, fandom, running, extreme sports, biopolitics, consumerism, feminism, sex and sexuality. In drawing from diverse theoretical approaches and original empirical research, the text reveals the social and political significance of pleasure and provides a more rounded, dynamic and sensual account of sport.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
Number of pages241
ISBN (Electronic)9781315719634
ISBN (Print)9780415885102, 9781138574274
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

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