ERIC Number: EJ827930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Bodies as Bearers of Value: The Transmission of Jock Culture via the "Twelve Commandments"
Sparkes, Andrew C.; Partington, Elizabeth; Brown, David H. K.
Sport, Education and Society, v12 n3 p295-316 Aug 2007
This article explores a number of insights generated from a three-year ethnographic study of one university setting in England in which a "jock culture" is seen to dominate a student campus. Drawing on core concepts from Pierre Bourdieu's sociology of culture, it illustrates the unique function of the body in sustaining jock culture through the hierarchical ordering of bodies in institutional space. First, the development of this culture over time and the key dispositions that come to embody it are outlined. Next, the authors identify and illustrate the enactment of what they call the "Twelve Commandments". These operate as a series of structured and structuring practices to condition the bodies of group members by appropriating an idealized and internalized jock habitus that is not gender neutral. Rather, it can be seen as a practical and symbolic manifestation of a dominant, heterosexual, masculine orientation to the world. The authors suggest that in spite of seemingly significant processes of accommodation over the years, the "illusio" of this jock culture remains substantially intact and maintained through a combination of the following: (a) symbolic violence and (b) a systematic embodied complicity on the part of many of the actors who have something to gain by avoiding active subordination to, and exclusion from, the dominant group. (Contains 2 notes.)
Descriptors: Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Academic Standards, National Standards, Athletics, Human Body, Masculinity, Team Sports, Athletes, Talent, Social Life, Organizational Culture, Student Attitudes, Physical Education, Exercise Physiology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)