The work of French sociologist, anthropologist and philosopher Pierre Bourdieu has been influential across a set of cognate disciplines that can be classified as physical culture studies. Concepts such as field, capital, habitus and symbolic violence have been used as theoretical tools by scholars and students looking to understand the nature and purpose of sport, leisure, physical education and human movement within wider society.

Pierre Bourdieu and Physical Culture is the first book to focus on the significance of Bourdieu’s work for, and in, physical culture. Bringing together the work of leading and emerging international researchers, it introduces the core concepts in Bourdieu’s thought and work, and presents a series of fascinating demonstrations of the application of his theory to physical culture studies. A concluding section discusses the inherent difficulties of choosing and using theory to understand the world around us. By providing an in-depth and multi-layered example of how theory can be used across the many and varied components of sport, leisure, physical education and human movement, this book should help all serious students and researchers in physical culture to better understand the importance of social theory in their work.

part I|23 pages

An introduction to Pierre Bourdieu's concepts

chapter 1|21 pages

Pierre Bourdieu and his conceptual tools

Bylisahunter, Wayne Smith, elke emerald

part II|124 pages

Bourdieu in practice

chapter 2|10 pages

‘I'll go back next week – it's complicated’

Returning to dance with the help of Bourdieu
Byelke emerald, Karen Barbour

chapter 3|10 pages

Bourdieu, physical culture and universities

ByWayne Smith

chapter 4|10 pages

‘Stop': ‘No'.

Exploring social suffering in practices of surfing as opportunities for change

chapter 5|8 pages

Bourdieu in the changing room

ByToni O’Donovan, Rachel Sandford, David Kirk

chapter 6|9 pages

Putting habitus to work in research on how coaches learn through experience

Identifying a coaching habitus
ByRichard L. Light, John R. Evans

chapter 7|10 pages

Challenging the economy of gendered practices in PE using Bourdieu's embodied reflexive sociology

ByDavid H.K. Brown, David C.R. Aldous

chapter 8|8 pages

Skirting the issue

Women boxers, liminality and change
ByElise Paradis

chapter 9|9 pages

Entering the field as a sports coordinator

Negotiating the micropolitics of the profession
ByErin Christensen, Anthony Rossi

chapter 10|7 pages

Bourdieu, young people and physical activity

Intersecting fields of social class and family
BySymeon Dagkas, Thomas Quarmby

chapter 11|9 pages

The paradox of physical activity for Qatari women

Researcher hysteresis and reflexivity
ByKelly Knez, lisahunter

chapter 12|9 pages

Understanding dis/ability in physical education through the lens of Bourdieu

ByHayley Fitzgerald, Peter Hay

chapter 13|8 pages

Symbolic capital and the hetero norm as doxa in Physical Education

ByKarin Redelius, Birgitta Fagrell, Håkan Larsson

chapter 14|9 pages

Understanding snowboarding bodies with Bourdieu

Some reflections from the snow field1
ByHolly Thorpe

chapter 15|6 pages

Bourdieu and body

ByQiang Gao

part III|32 pages

Issues and tensions using bourdieu

chapter 16|9 pages

Thinking with and outside Bourdieu

ByKatie Fitzpatrick

chapter 17|8 pages

Does my research look good in that?

Problems, politics and processes when choosing social theory in research in physical culture
ByDoune Macdonald, Louise McCuaig

chapter 18|9 pages

Bourdieu comes off the bench

A reflexive analysis of the circulation of ideas within the sociology of sport field
ByRichard Pringle

chapter 19|4 pages

Working with, against and beyond Bourdieu

Bylisahunter, elke emerald, Wayne Smith