Marxism as a Way of Seeing: Beyond the Limits of Current “Critical” Approaches to Sport

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Jim McKay University of Queensland

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Like capitalism, Marxism constantly experiences contradictions and crises to which it reacts, adapts, and somehow survives. Currently, Marxism is under attack by post-Marxist critical theorists and certain feminist scholars. In this paper, some of the criticisms made by these writers are applied to neo-Marxist approaches to sport. It is contended that the specific critiques of Marxism need to be situated in a wider framework that is concerned with theorizing all forms of domination (i.e., economic, sexual, ethnic/racial, and political) in sport. Some recent topics researched by neo-Marxists are used to illustrate the theoretical problems raised by restricting any critical theory of sport to the Marxist paradigm.

A version of this paper originally was presented at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference, Boston, November 1985.

Direct all correspondence to Jim McKay, Dept. of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland 4067, Australia.
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