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Bodies on the margins: regulating bodies, regulatory bodies

Woodward, Kath (2009). Bodies on the margins: regulating bodies, regulatory bodies. Leisure Studies, 28(2) pp. 143–156.

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Sport is all about bodies, but some bodies are seen as on the margins and policies are directed at re-situating them into the mainstream. This article explores some of the ways in which embodied selves are the target of diversity policies and practices, especially those implemented by fan-based, anti-racist organisations. I use the phenomenological concepts of lived bodies and embodied selves to explore some of the processes involved in addressing 'bodies on the margins' in sport. Sport has long been considered a site for the creation of healthy citizens, a tradition which has been rearticulated to encompass diverse groups of people who are seen as under-represented in sport. This article looks at which embodied selves are encouraged to participate by non-governmental regulatory bodies in sport, to investigate the tension between the positive and negative dimensions of diversity politics in sport, as an example of what Paul Gilroy calls 'conviviality'.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0261-4367
Keywords: margins; diversity; bodies as situations; situated bodies; social inclusion; conviviality
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 21377
Depositing User: Kath Woodward
Date Deposited: 26 May 2010 12:01
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2016 22:30
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