Critical Postmodernism in Human Movement, Physical Education, and Sport

Critical Postmodernism in Human Movement, Physical Education, and Sport

by Juan-Miguel Fernandez-Balboa (Editor)

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Critical Postmodernism in Human Movement, Physical Education, and Sport by Juan-Miguel Fernandez-Balboa

Explores the possibilities of postmodernism in the field of human movement and shows how the profession is related to broader social, political, and cultural contexts and histories.

This book proposes alternative ways of looking at human movement and brings into question the traditional role of the human-movement profession as an agent of social and cultural reproduction. The authors argue that the profession has traditionally shaped physical activities in schools and communities in disempowering ways and has adversely influenced how people view their bodies, apply physical activities to their lives, and use and understand the knowledge in the field.

To raise awareness of the possibilities of postmodernism for human movement, the contributors employ a critical postmodern conceptualization of the profession to explore the conflicts within it; to ask what can be done to strengthen it; to investigate how professional relations and meanings can be constructed within a new realm of justice, freedom, and equity; and to discuss the professional and civic principles to which the profession should subscribe.

Contributors include Linda Bain, Robert Brustad, Cathy Ennis, Larry Fahlberg and Lauri Fahlberg, Don Hellison, Alan Ingham, David Kirk, George H. Sage, Sue Schwager, Richard Tinning, and Gerd von der Lippe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791435168
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 10/28/1997
Series: SUNY series on Sport, Culture, and Social Relations Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 277
Sales rank: 954,294
Product dimensions: 5.95(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Juan-Miguel Fernandez-Balboa is Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Northern Colorado.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Human Movement Profession in the Postmodern Era: Critical Analyses

1. Introduction: The Human Movement Profession—From Modernism to Postmodernism
Juan-Miguel Fernández-Balboa

2. Sociocultural Aspects of Human Movement: The Heritage of Modernism, the Need for a Postmodernism
George H. Sage

3. Gender Discrimination in Norwegian Academia: A Hidden Male Game or an Inspiration for Postmodern Feminist Praxis
Gerd von der Lippe

4. Schooling Bodies in New Times: The Reform of School Physical Education in High Modernity
David Kirk

5. Health, Freedom, and Human Movement in the Postmodern Era
Larry Fahlberg and Lauri Fahlberg

6. A Critical-Postmodern Perspective on Knowledge Development in Human Movement
Robert Brustad

7. Performance and Participation Discourses in Human Movement: Toward a Socially Critical Physical Education
Richard Tinning

8. Physical Education Teacher Preparation in the Postmodern Era: Toward a Critical Pedagogy
Juan-Miguel Fernández-Balboa

9. Critical Moral Issues in Teaching Physical Education
Susan M. Schwager

10. Toward a Department of Physical Cultural Studies and an End to Tribal Warfare
Alan G. Ingham (and Friends)

Part II: Critiques of the Critical Postmodern Analyses of the Human Movement Profession

11. Transformation in the Postmodern Era: A New Game Plan
Linda L. Bain

12. A Practical Inquiry into the Critical-Postmodernist Perspective in Physical Education
Don Hellison

13. Defining the Dreaded Curriculum: Tensions Between the Modern and the Postmodern
Catherine D. Ennis

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