Is There a Global Narrative for Kinesiology?

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Doune Macdonald University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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Ira Jacobs University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

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Ernest Tsung-Min National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

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Kari Fasting Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway

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At the National Academy of Kinesiology’s annual meeting in 2023, four International Fellows shared their insights into whether there is a global narrative for kinesiology. Panelists comprising Fasting (Norwegian, sport sociology), Jacobs (Canadian, exercise physiologist), Macdonald (Australian, pedagogy), and Tsung-Min Hung (Taiwanese, sport and exercise psychology) spanned both subdisciplines and continents. This paper represents a synthesis of their thinking, complemented with more incidental views from a range of scholars who accepted an invitation from Macdonald to contribute brief perspectives. Framing the paper are the concepts of globalization and its tethered process of neoliberalization, the latter argued to be a dominant ideology in many Western democracies that shapes the priorities of educational institutions. We conclude that the term “kinesiology” is not universally deployed to reference the discipline, although global narratives related to program priorities, knowledge status, metrics, and professionalization in the four continents represented exist.

Macdonald (doune.macdonald@uq.edu.au) is corresponding author.

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