Muscularity, the habitus and the social construction of gender: Towards a gender-relevant physical education

Gorely, T., Holroyd, R. and Kirk, D. (2003) Muscularity, the habitus and the social construction of gender: Towards a gender-relevant physical education. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 24 4: 429-448. doi:10.1080/0142569032000109350

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Author Gorely, T.
Holroyd, R.
Kirk, D.
Title Muscularity, the habitus and the social construction of gender: Towards a gender-relevant physical education
Journal name British Journal of Sociology of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1465-3346
0142-5692
Publication date 2003-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0142569032000109350
Volume 24
Issue 4
Start page 429
End page 448
Total pages 20
Editor L. Barton
Place of publication Colchester, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis Informa UK
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
330103 Sociology of Education
749905 Gender aspects of education
Abstract This paper begins to develop the concept of gender-relevant physical education, combining the work of Pierre Bourdieu and his notion of the habitus and feminist philosopher Iris Marion Young's analysis of feminine motility. It draws on data generated from a study of young people's articulation of the relationships between muscularity, physicality and gender. The social construction of the body has been of central importance to the construction of femininities and masculinities, and has formed an enduring meta-theme through much of the research on physical education and gender. We build on the young people's insights to argue that Bourdieu's notions of the habitus and the exchange of physical capital provide a useful means of conceptualizing issues of embodiment and gender in school physical education and sport. We conclude by sketching an outline of gender-relevant physical education as a process of interrupting the habitus.
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