Foucault in leotards: Corporeal discipline in women's artistic gymnastics

Barker-Ruchti, Natalie and Tinning, Richard (2010) Foucault in leotards: Corporeal discipline in women's artistic gymnastics. Sociology of Sport Journal, 27 3: 229-250.

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Author Barker-Ruchti, Natalie
Tinning, Richard
Title Foucault in leotards: Corporeal discipline in women's artistic gymnastics
Journal name Sociology of Sport Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0741-1235
1543-2785
Publication date 2010-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 229
End page 250
Total pages 22
Place of publication Champaign, Ill., U.S.
Publisher Human Kinetics
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Women's artistic gymnastics is an Olympic sport that involves intricate acrobatic and rhythmic activities. This kinesthetic proficiency demands muscular strength and courage, which have been argued to serve its athletes as a source of empowerment. Various scholars question the positive effects of sport participation. This article builds on these doubts through a feminist Foucauldian study of WAG. An essayistic research story, compiled from data gained in an ethnographic study, serves as the basis for our analyses. The results demonstrate the complexity of WAG experiences and illustrate that gymnasts' athletic proficiency is only possible through an extensive and elaborate process of corporeal discipline.
© 2010 Human Kinetics, Inc.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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