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Foucault in leotards: Corporeal discipline in women's artistic gymnastics
Institute of Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3918-7904
School of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; School of Critical Studies in Education, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
2010 (English)In: Sociology of Sport Journal, ISSN 0741-1235, E-ISSN 1543-2785, Vol. 27, no 3, p. 229-250Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Women's artistic gymnastics is an Olympic sport that involves intricate acrobatic and rhythmic activities. This kinesthetic proficiency demands muscular strength and courage, which have been argued to serve its athletes as a source of empowerment. Various scholars question the positive effects of sport participation. This article builds on these doubts through a feminist Foucauldian study of WAG. An essayistic research story, compiled from data gained in an ethnographic study, serves as the basis for our analyses. The results demonstrate the complexity of WAG experiences and illustrate that gymnasts' athletic proficiency is only possible through an extensive and elaborate process of corporeal discipline.

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Human Kinetics, 2010. Vol. 27, no 3, p. 229-250
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-73086DOI: 10.1123/ssj.27.3.229ISI: 000282593500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77958489725OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-73086DiVA, id: diva2:1295086
Available from: 2019-03-10 Created: 2019-03-10 Last updated: 2019-03-13Bibliographically approved

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