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ERIC Number: EJ842381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 88
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6297
Politics and Pleasure: The Philosophy of Physical Education Revisited
Booth, Douglas
Quest, v61 n2 p133-153 May 2009
Humans unquestionably derive pleasurable physical sensations from different types of movement. Yet, remarkably, there is a deafening silence around the subject in the literature on human movement. This article comprises three parts. First, I outline prevailing conceptualizations of pleasure as they relate to physical activity in the social sciences and biology. Second, I sketch the history of physical activity in modernity which I describe as a process of de-pleasuring, and third, I discuss the prejudice against pleasure in the academy and in state policy. In the conclusion, I propose pleasure as a potential pillar of disciplinary coherence in physical education. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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