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Unpacking competition: On the possibilities of a minor sport
Stockholm University ; Malmö University ; University of Gothenburg. (ID:KUL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1342-2531
2014 (English)In: Emotion, Space and Society, ISSN 1755-4586, E-ISSN 1878-0040, Vol. 12, no 2, 4-10 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, I conceptualize defensive playing in table tennis by analyzing it from the viewpoint of affective philosophy. The spatial and emotional aspects of the atmosphere of such play are investigated through an autoethnography of company table tennis. By using my own body as an “instrument of research” (Longhurst et al., 2008), I practically evoke and feed on the tension between modern competitive sport and “sport for all” (Eichberg, 2010). It is suggested that the defensive stance in table tennis might be seen as a trajectory toward a “minor sport”, i.e. as a mild resistance to the competitive ethos of sport.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 12, no 2, 4-10 p.
Keyword [en]
Competition, Company table tennis, Sport for all, Autoethnography, Emotional geography, Deleuze
National Category
Ethics Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Social Sciences, Sport Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-52801DOI: 10.1016/j.emospa.2013.11.007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-52801DiVA: diva2:932007
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-05-31 Created: 2016-05-31 Last updated: 2016-10-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Sport Has Never Been Modern
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2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Sport has often been understood as a set of formalised physical contests, and moreover as something inherently modern. New conceptions of the term implicates that sport ought to comprise all physical activity. However, the studies and approaches that describe the range and tension between those positions are lacking. The thesis addresses this lacuna and suggests that the aforementioned conceptions could be inquired as the narrow (physical contest) and the broad (physical activity) understanding of sport. The work presented in this thesis sets out to outline a theoretical and methodological framework that could comprise the different conceptions of sport. This framework is laid out with inspiration from Bruno Latour’s symmetrical anthropology. The empirical material was collected from an array of sources with a broad range of ethnographical methods. Four sporting practices (break time football, parkour, eSport, and company table tennis) that embody the tension between the broad and the narrow are inquired into in the articles. The comprehensive framework that the thesis seeks to outline takes form in shape of the different concepts (“dromography,” “minor sport,” and “the art of tracing”) constructed within the articles. It is concluded that the broad understanding of sport threatens to hollow the term. However, the narrow understanding of sport tends to downplay the material dimension of modernity. It is argued that the connection between the material and the social dimension of sport, with regards to categories such as age and gender, mustn’t be neglected in the study of sport. Furthermore, it is argued that the competitive element of modern sport is related to modern science in an unexpected way that adds new understanding to the ontology of modernity in general.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, 2013. 88 p.
Series
Gothenburg studies in educational sciences, ISSN 0436-1121 ; 331
Keyword
sport, modernity, nonhuman, territorialisation, gender, competition, science
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Social Sciences, Sport Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-52822 (URN)978-91-7346-738-4 (ISBN)
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Swedish Research Council
Note

- 88 pages refers to the introductory summary

- The last article of the thesis not included among the three articles is:

Jonasson, K. (2010). Klungan och barndomens sociala rum: socialt gränsarbete och figurationer i rastfotbollen. Licentiatavhandling Malmö : Malmö högskola, Lärarutbildningen, 2010. Malmö.

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