The Nature of the Body in Sport and Physical Culture: From Bodies and Environments to Ecological Embodiment

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This article raises the ecological substance and relational co-constitution of bodies as a generative question for sociologists of sport and physical culture. It proceeds from our observation that recent research on the materiality of athletic bodies, and on the environmental issues in which sport is implicated, tends to run on parallel tracks. By exploring how biological, environmental, and social natures cohere in the making and unmaking of healthy bodies, our aim is to connect and extend these vibrant areas of research. We do so by developing the concept of “ecological embodiment,” a descriptor for a fluid state of becoming and a sensibility for thinking about hierarchical socioecological entanglements. To illustrate this concept, we draw on a study of whey protein powder, a key ingredient in contemporary fitness cultures.

King is with Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Weedon is with Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom.

King (kingsj@queensu.ca) is corresponding author.
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