Thorpe%2C+Holly+_2009_+Bourdieu%2C+Feminism+and+Female+Physical+Culture

Thorpe%2C+Holly+_2009_+Bourdieu%2C+Feminism+and+Female+Physical+Culture

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Unformatted text preview: 491 The author is with the Dept. of Sport and Leisure Studies at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Bourdieu, Feminism and Female Physical Culture: Gender Reflexivity and the Habitus-Field Complex Holly Thorpe UniversityofWaikato Feminist theorizing in the sociology of sport and physical culture has progressed through ongoing and intense dialogue with an array of critical positions and voices in the social sciences (e.g., Judith Butler, R.W. Connell, Michel Foucault). Yet, somewhat surprisingly, the work of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieuargu- ably one of modern sociologys most important voices of social critique and theoretical innovation (Krais, 2006, p. 120)has gone largely unheard among critical sports scholars interested in gender (notable exceptions include Atencio, Beal & Wilson, 2009; Brown, 2006; Kay & Laberge, 2004; Laberge, 1995). In this paper I introduce recent feminist engagements with Bourdieus original work to a critical sports sociology readership via a case study of snowboarding culture and female snowboarders. I begin by briefly examining the efficacy of three of Bourdieus key conceptscapital, field and habitusfor explaining gender and embodiment in snowboarding culture. I then consider how the habitus-field com- plex can illustrate the synchronous nature of constraint and freedom (McNay, 2000, p. 61) for women in contemporary physical culture. La thorie fministe et la sociologie du sport et de la culture corporelle ont pro- gress par le biais dun dialogue intense et continu entre des positions critiques et des voix provenant des sciences sociales (e.g. Butler, Connell, Foucault). Cepen- dant, et de faon surprenante, les crits du sociologue franais Pierre Bourdieu, une des voix les plus importantes de la critique sociale et de linnovation thorique selon Krais (2006), na gnralement pas t entendue par ceux et celles qui ont fait des ouvrages critiques sur le sport et le genre (parmi les exceptions notables, on retrouve Atencio, Beal et Wilson, 2009; Brown, 2006; Kay et Laberge, 2004; Laberge, 1995). Dans cet article, je prsente des crits fministes rcents qui touchent aux crits originaux de Bourdieu par le biais dune tude de cas de la culture de la planche neige et des planchistes fminines. Je dbute en expliquant brivement lefficacit de trois concepts bourdieusiens (le capital, le champ et lhabitus) pour discuter de genre et dincarnation de la culture de la planche neige. Enfin, je considre comment le complexe habitus-champ peut illustrer la nature synchronique de la contrainte et de la libert chez les femmes dans la culture corporelle contemporaine....
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