Embodied Subjectivities: Intersections of Discursive and Critical Psychology With Socio-Cultural Exercise Research

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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There has been a longstanding divide between the sociology and psychology of exercise despite common interests in individual subjectivity and identity construction through exercise practices. In this paper, I aim to find possible intersections for the two disciplines by using theoretical insights from discursive and critical psychology as well as sociocultural research on embodied experiences in exercise. Drawing from both psychological and sociocultural research on exercising bodies, I problematize different conceptualizations of subjectivity, identity, and power relations to critically examine interconnections between these different research traditions. I also highlight some of their theoretical limitations to suggest further theoretical readings that might enhance interdisciplinary analyses of change emanating from the microlevel of individual actions by both psychological and sociocultural research on the physically active body.

Markula is with the Department: Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Address author correspondence to Pirkko Markula at pirkko.markula@ualberta.ca.
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