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dc.contributor.authorSparkes, Andrew C.
dc.contributor.authorBrown, David
dc.contributor.authorPartington, Elizabeth
dc.identifier.citationSparkes, A.C., Brown, D.H.K. and Partington, E. (2010) 'The “jock body” and the social construction of space: the performance and positioning of cultural identity', Space and culture, 13(3), pp.333-347.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1206-3312 (print)
dc.identifier.issn1552-8308 (online)
dc.descriptionThis article was published in Space and Culture on 25 March 2010 (online), available at
dc.description.abstractThis article draws on data generated from a 3-year ethnographic study of "jock culture" at one university setting in England to illuminate the ways that specific kinds of bodies are located in social space so as to construct a range of identity positions that facilitate the maintenance of this culture over time. These positions are as follows: the jocks, sport scholars, also-rans, anti-jocks, wannabes, and the non-jocks. The analysis revealed how individuals negotiate an embodied identity within a network of power relations, with the performing jock body occupying the most highly visible, yet taken for granted, central space around which all other bodies are positioned according to their ability to meet the combined sporting and social requirements of this culture. The findings have significance for how we understand the ways in which bodies and space are reciprocally constituted along with the dilemmas this poses for individuals within a cultural setting.en_US
dc.publisherSage Publicationsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSpace and Culture
dc.subjectjock cultureen_US
dc.titleThe "Jock Body" and the Social Construction of Space: The Performance and Positioning of Cultural Identityen_US

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