ERIC Number: EJ800354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 75
Kinesiology's "Inconvenient Truth" and the Physical Cultural Studies Imperative
Andrews, David L.
Quest, v60 n1 p45-62 Feb 2008
This article explicates the "inconvenient truth" that is at the core of the crisis currently facing the field of kinesiology. Namely, the instantiation of an epistemological hierarchy that privileges positivist over postpositivist, quantitative over qualitative, and predictive over interpretive ways of knowing. The discussion outlines the political, economic, and cultural forces responsible for kinesiology's putative "scientific" hegemony and speaks to its corollary: the very demise of the field caused by intensified subdisciplinary specialization and fragmentation and fundamental lack of comprehensiveness. The article outlines a potential corrective to kinesiology's blinkered epistemological and empirical vision, currently being developed at the University of Maryland. Physical Cultural Studies (PCS) is introduced as a synthesis of empirical, theoretical, and methodological influences (drawn from, among other sources, the sociology and history of sport and physical activity, the sociology of the body, and cultural studies) that are focused on the critical analysis of active bodies and specifically the manner in which they become organized, represented, and experienced in relation to the operations of social power. Thus, PCS is offered as an important contribution toward realizing the truly integrative and comprehensive kinesiology to which we as kinesiologists--and regardless of our empirical, theoretical, or epistemological proclivities--should aspire.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Human Body, Sociology, Exercise Physiology, Physical Fitness, Intellectual Disciplines, Cultural Influences, Epistemology, Physical Education, Social Influences, Power Structure, Political Issues
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland