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By John Bale, Chris Philo

ISBN-10: 0415172322

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Physique Cultures explores the connection among the physique, activity and panorama. This ebook provides the 1st significantly edited number of Henning Eichberg's seven provocative essays into ''body culture''. Eichberg, a widely known student in continental Europe who attracts upon the tips of Elias, Focault, Habermas and others, is now attracting significant curiosity from sociologists, historians and geographers. This assortment has been broadly edited to focus on Eichberg's most crucial arguments and subject matters. The editors concentration really on Eichberg's provocative claims in regards to the suggestion of area: from the micro-scale of the way human our bodies ''express'' themselves or are officially ''disciplined'' via their activities in house, to the macro-scale of ways our bodies and cultures are invented and contested in reference to the self- identities they arrive to own in given destinations. Introductory essays supply transparent reasons and interpretations in addition to a biography of Eichberg.

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Second, the jargon that historians cannot understand is not borrowed from American sociology: in fact, it is borrowed from the European sociology and philosophy 32 THINKING DANGEROUSLY of people like Foucault, Elias and the Frankfurt school; in addition, there is some influence from American cultural anthropology. If the jargon sounds American, then it is because American sociology has also been influenced by these developments. I also take issue with the way that these two scholars trivialise important insights by calling them ‘jargon’.

One had best avoid association with him. When I heard these rumours, I was astounded: how could it be that the person who had written some of the most culturally sensitive accounts 23 INTRODUCTORY ESSAYS of sport that I had read be any of these things? After meeting him in November, 1993 I was still more the non-believer: with his mild manner and his freewheeling intellect, he struck me as similar to some of the scholars whom I have admired most in my own discipline of cultural anthropology (which, on the whole, is a liberal discipline strongly antithetical to the kind of thinking attributed to Eichberg by the rumours).

It was from this research that Eichberg’s interest in the history of sport emerged, resulting in Der Weg des Sports (1973), Leistung, Spannung, Geschwindigkeit (1978), and Die Veränderung des Sports ist gesellschaftlich (The Transformation of Sport is Social, 1986). Research in West Sumatra among the Minangkabau in 1974–5 and the Mentawai in 1979 also led to his critique of colonialism. From 1973–9 he participated in a National Revolutionary organisation that tried to establish a ‘third position’ (note this recurring motif) between right and left, and did so by reconsidering socialist traditions and integrating a critique of capitalism into discussions of the national question.

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