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Unsettling Sporting Stories

Matthew Klugman

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Dismantling Historical Hardscapes: Unsettling Inclusion as Solidarity

Nathan V. Fawaz and Danielle Peers

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Dismantling the Established: Materiality, Ideology, and Affectivity

Malcolm MacLean

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On the Field, Its Future in the Journal, and the Self-Reflection We All Need to Do at Least Once

Ornella Nzindukiyimana

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Passing the Baton: Black Women Track Stars and American Identity

Emalee Nelson

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Prizefighting and Civilization: A Cultural History of Boxing, Race, and Masculinity in Mexico and Cuba, 1840–1940

Logan Bevis

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Reclaiming Tom Longboat: Indigenous Self-Determination in Canadian Sport

Taylor McKee

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Philippe Tissié’s Psychopedagogical Conceptions of Physical Education: Franco-Swedish Hybridity (1886–1935)

Pierre-Alban Lebecq, Yves Moralès, Jean Saint-Martin, Yves Travaillot, and Natalia Bazoge

Swedish gymnastics has been reduced to a directory of progressive analytical movements intended to form the basis of what is known in French physical education as a global gymnastics. This article explains how Philippe Tissié was inspired by Swedish gymnastics in his development of a hybrid vision between the Swedish method of physical education and the French model that was largely derived from the works of Jean Saint-Martin Amoros and Philippe Sarremejane. The paper demonstrates how Tissié’s French gymnastics was not only limited to analytical movements but also included the practice of sports. At the same time, it explains how the creation of this hybrid model meshed scientific findings from life sciences (biology and physiology) with human and social sciences (psychology and sociology). Between 1886 and 1935, Tissié’s appropriation, thus, enabled him to structure his conceptions of physical education and to move from the Swedish to the Franco-Swedish method.

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Font-Romeu (1964–1972): A Review of the Social Conditions Behind the Creation of an “International” Sports Center

Sébastien Fleuriel, Bruno Papin, and Baptiste Viaud

In the mid-1960s, how did a small French mountain village become a high performance international Olympic training center? This article intends to answer this question by examining the social conditions behind the center’s creation. The sporting and political context of the Olympic Games in Tokyo (1964) and Mexico (1968) proved fertile ground for the rationalization of sports through stabilizing a medical and sporting administration and implementing a stronger scientific framework. From this perspective, the medicalization of athletic performance in the 1960s played a central role in the conversion of Font-Romeu, transformed from an acclimatization station in the early 1960s into a renowned international altitude training center just a few years later. The article will take a comprehensive look at the construction and management of such a center, and how it became a game changer in the international movement of sportspersons and sports-related personnel the world over.

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The Life of Li Ning as a Reflection of China’s Transformation

Daniel Lemus-Delgado

This article analyzes the relationship between the life of Li Ning and his journey from the world of athletics to the world of business. The article explores how historical and social context is indispensable to understanding how everyone writes their history. The premise is that we cannot ignore the context of the athletes when assessing their social contributions. Li, who initially gained success as an Olympic gymnast, became a heavyweight entrepreneur, playing a significant role in the collective imagination of Chinese people. The Chinese huge economic transformations generated the opportunities for Li’s journey from athlete to businessman. As a result, the Chinese Communist Party heavily promoted the triumph of Li Ning in both stadiums and markets. The conclusions revisit the debate between determinism and free will and show how the life of Li can offer some insights into this discussion in the context of contemporary China.