chapter  1
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Introduction

In October 2004, contributors to this book met together in the beautiful surroundings of the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.1 As news of the meeting and the topic spread around the university, what was initially conceived of as a closed event blossomed into a conference with the same title as the book – Physical Culture, Power, and the Body – that included faculty and graduate students as well as some outsiders from other local universities. The attraction was ‘the body’.