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Sport Has Never Been Modern
Malmö University. (ID:KUL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1342-2531
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 [en]
sport, modernity, nonhuman, territorialisation, gender, competition, science
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Social Sciences, Sport Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-52822ISBN: 978-91-7346-738-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-52822DiVA: diva2:932090
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Funder
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.

Available from: 2016-06-01 Created: 2016-05-31 Last updated: 2016-10-14Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Unpacking competition: On the possibilities of a minor sport
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Unpacking competition: On the possibilities of a minor sport
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
Keyword
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:nbn:se:lnu:diva-52801 (URN)10.1016/j.emospa.2013.11.007 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-05-31 Created: 2016-05-31 Last updated: 2016-10-14Bibliographically approved
2. Electronic sport and its impact on future sport
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Electronic sport and its impact on future sport
2010 (English)In: Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, ISSN 1743-0437, E-ISSN 1743-0445, Vol. 13, no 2, 287-299 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

According to public health and media discourses, the mere mentioning of computer gaming (E-sport) as a form of sports might be considered subversive. As a matter of fact, the two practices are considered to be oppositional. Sports are often regarded as virtuous, whereas computer gaming is looked upon as a vice. In this light, the basic aim of this essay is to discuss and analyse the ‘sporting qualities’ of competitive computer gaming in relation to the definition of sport. The reasoning will also forecast the future of competitive computer gaming. How might this new form of ‘sport’ develop and what impact will it have on future sports in general? We answer the question by presenting three possible scenarios. Might it even be that we are standing on the threshold of a new phase in the evolution of sports?

Keyword
e-sport, sport, sportification
National Category
Other Computer and Information Science Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Social Sciences, Sport Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-52809 (URN)10.1080/17430430903522996 (DOI)
Available from: 2016-05-31 Created: 2016-05-31 Last updated: 2016-10-14Bibliographically approved
3. Ett alternativ till kritik: Om parkour, Michel Serres och "konsten att spåra"
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ett alternativ till kritik: Om parkour, Michel Serres och "konsten att spåra"
2011 (Swedish)In: Kulturstudier, kropp och idrott: Perspektiv på fenomen i gränslandet mellan natur och kultur / [ed] David Cardell, Helena Tolvhed, Malmö: Bokbox Förlag , 2011, 147-166 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The book chapter is an essay in which the similarities between the physical culture of parkour and the methodology of French philosopher Michel Serres are explored. What is sketched out in the essay is a stance for cultural studies scholars: a way of doing research which is leant the name "the art of tracing". This stance is characterized by intimacy with that which is investigated, rather than by the distance which the essay ascribes to the critical analytical stance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Bokbox Förlag, 2011
Series
Malmö Studies in Sport Sciences, ISSN 1652-3180 ; 10
Keyword
Parkour, Michel Serres, Cultural studies
National Category
Philosophy Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Social Sciences, Sport Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-52799 (URN)978-91-85645-11-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-05-31 Created: 2016-05-31 Last updated: 2016-10-14Bibliographically approved

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