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Moving Writing

Denison, Jim / Markula, Pirkko (eds.)

Moving Writing

Crafting Movement in Sport Research

Series: Cultural Critique - Volume 2

Year of Publication: 2003

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2003. 215 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-5541-9 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.320 kg, 0.705 lbs

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Book synopsis

Moving Writing brings together scholars in cultural studies, sports studies, and physical education who transcend the boundaries between art and science, fact and fiction, self and other, and body and mind. These writers play with form, content, and style to explore critically such topics as women’s body image problems, injury and pain, obsessive fan behavior, and sexual identity in sport. Each author also discusses the practice of representing movement and the possibilities autoethnography and ethnographic fiction offer researchers interested in creating rounder, richer, more evocative portrayals of people’s movement experiences. Moving Writing depicts the complex and often contradictory nature of sport and physical activity as embodied practices in the twenty-first century.


Contents: Jim Denison/Pirkko Markula: Introduction: Moving Writing – Pirkko Markula: Bodily Dialogues: Writing the Self – Andrew C. Sparkes: Bodies, Identities, Selves: Autoethnographic Fragments and Reflections – Arto Tiihonen: Body Talks: I Write – Katherine Parrott: Initiation – David Rowe: A Fan’s Life: Lost and Found – Toni Bruce: Pass – Robert Rinehart: On «Sk8ing»: Reflections on Method – Martti Silvennoinen: Ecstasy on Skis – Joli Sandoz: An Interview with Jenifer Levin – John Morefield: An Interview with Donald Hayes – Jim Denison: Movement Practices Through Text.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Jim Denison received his Ph.D. in sport sociology at the University of Illinois. He is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sport Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom.
Pirkko Markula is an ethnographer, contemporary dancer, and sport sociologist. She is Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter, United Kingdom.


«Although narrative techniques are now commonplace in the social sciences, they have been underutilized in the field of sports studies. In the tradition of C. Wright Mills, the authors explore the interplay among biography, history, and social structure, demonstrate the valuable insights that can be obtained by combining imagination and analysis, and focus on issues of power and inequality in sport.» (Jim McKay, The University of Queensland)
«‘Moving Writing’ is a wonderful addition – nay, extension – to contemporary social science writing and research practices. This book will offer any scholar interested in transcending the boundaries of traditional social science writing invaluable assistance, guidance, and inspiration.» (Laurel Richardson, The Ohio State University)
«‘Moving Writing’ is a revolutionary move. The dialogical quality of the narratives challenges traditional academic discourse and questions the methodology of social knowledge, the psychology of movement, and the aesthetics of expression. This collection is touching, visceral, and highly evocative.» (Henning Eichberg, Idrætsforsk, Research Institute of Sport, Body, and Culture, Danish Ministry of Culture)


Cultural Critique. Vol. 2
General Editor: Norman K. Denzin