chapter  2
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Movement practices and fascist infections: From dance under the swastika to movement education in the British primary school

In drawing our attention to the legacy of a fascist aesthetic that underpins the theatricals of contemporary politics, sports’ scholars have quite logically focused on the hegemonic masculine sporting body (see, for example, Kruger 1999). Fascism certainly took the sporting body seriously, forcing considerations of the extent to which the dominant culture of sport autonomously but systematically produces bodily dispositions and cultural traits that are prone to fascist aesthetics and ideologies (McDonald 2006). Hitler famously expressed his total embrace of the masculine sporting body in Mein Kampf:

In my castles a generation of young men will grow up who will be the terror of the world. I want forceful young men, majestic, awesome, fearless; without weakness or gentleness . . . I want my young men to be strong and beautiful. They should have a physical preparation in all sports. I want them to be athletic. This is first and foremost.