Foucault, Sport and Exercise: Power, Knowledge and by Pirkko Markula-Denison, Richard Pringle

By Pirkko Markula-Denison, Richard Pringle

Michel Foucault’s paintings profoundly impacts the way in which we expect approximately society, particularly how we comprehend social energy, the self, and the physique. This booklet offers an leading edge and completely new research of is later works making it a one-stop advisor for college students, exploring how Foucauldian concept can tell our realizing of the physique, domination, identification and freedom as skilled via recreation and workout. Divided into 3 themed components, this e-book considers: Foucault’s principles and key debates Foucault’s theories to discover strength family members, the physique, identification and the development of social practices in game and workout how contributors make experience of the social forces surrounding them, contemplating actual task, health and game practices as expressions of freedom and websites for social switch. available and transparent, together with priceless case reviews aiding to convey the speculation to real-life, Foucault, activity and workout considers cultures and stories in activities, workout and health, training and wellbeing and fitness merchandising. as well as proposing demonstrated Foucauldian views and debates, this article additionally presents leading edge dialogue of ways Foucault’s later paintings can tell the examine and figuring out of recreation and the bodily energetic physique.

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2) What are the relationships we have to others through those strange strategies and power relationships? And (3) what are the relationships between truth, power and self? I would like to finish all this with a question: What could be more classic than these questions and more systematic than the evolution through questions one, two, and three and back to the first? I am just at this point? (Foucault, 1988a: 15) Our sketch of Michel Foucault’s life, in an attempt to help understand how his ideas and theories developed, leads into the next chapter in which we discuss in more detail his theoretical ‘tools’.

Foucault stated that although these changes encouraged rejoicing it was not a time for self-congratulation, as there was more work to be done in attempting to reduce governmental violence: Giving up the habit of lopping off a few heads because blood spurts, because it is something no longer done among civilized people, and because there is sometimes a risk of decapitating an innocent person is relatively easy. But giving up the death penalty while citing the principle that no public authority has the right to take anyone’s life (any more than any individual does) is to engage an important and difficult debate.

The ‘potent effects’ he was particularly concerned about referred to the control, judgement and normalisation of subjects in such a way that they were ‘destined to a certain mode of living or dying’ (94). Foucault (1991a) called this type of power ‘disciplinary power’ (105) and argued that the emergence of this power, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, was intimately linked with the development of capitalist states and the ‘man [sic] of modern humanism’ (141). Foucault’s writings on the topic Technologies of dominance 39 gained early attention from sport sociologists.

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