Desperately Seeking Michel: Foucault’s Genealogy, the Body, and Critical Sport Sociology

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David L. Andrews University of Illinois

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This paper focuses on the theoretical and substantive innovations developed by Michel Foucault, and specifically his understanding of the disciplined nature of bodily existence. Foucault’s understanding of the human body is then linked to the critical discourse within sport sociology. This illustrates how his research has been appropriated by critical scholars in the past and briefly outlines how his work could be used to develop innovative research agendas. The paper concludes by putting the onus on the critical element within sport sociology to confront poststructuralist and postmodernist theorizing, such as Foucault’s genealogy. This is the only way to ensure the intellectual development of a critical, and legitimate, sport sociology.

David L. Andrews is with the Department of Kinesiology, University of Illinois, Room 219 Freer Hall, S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801.

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