The ‘Old Gym’ and the ‘Boys’ Changing Rooms’ – The Performative and Pleasurable Spaces of Boys’ Physical Education
2017 (English)In: Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, ISSN 1103-3088, E-ISSN 1741-3222, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
This article examines how space and pleasure are discursively interlinked in boys’performances of gender in school physical education (PE). Although previousresearch has implicated spaces in the production of gendered identities and unequalpower relations, there exists a gap in the current literature focusing on how spacealso contributes to pleasure in PE. This article draws on an ethnographic accountof boys’ PE, and Gregson and Rose’s (2000) concept of ‘performative space’, anextension of Butler’s (1990) notion of performativity, to illustrate how the preexistingspaces of PE come to matter or become meaningful through the boys’performances with/in those spaces. I argue that the boys derive pleasures as theproductive effect of the power (Foucault, 1985) articulated in and through thespaces of PE. This article accordingly contributes to understandings of the complexnature of how PE is constituted and constitutive of gendered performances, spacesand pleasures.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2017. 1-18 p.
Boys, physical education, space, pleasure, gender, masculinity
Research subject Social Sciences, Sociology Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61955DOI: 10.1177/1103308816677120OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-61955DiVA: diva2:1085655