Participation in sport is commonly conceptualised as a public good (for health, for the economy, for national identity), especially in the light of the upcoming London 2012 Olympics. but how is sport gendered? How are gender inequalities challenged and / or reinforced in contemporary mainstream and non-mainstream sporting practice?
To see video recordings of the talks by Belinda Wheaton, Louise Mansfield and Karen Throsby, please click on the titles. When you reach the opening page, select “Default Light” and launch the Echo Player (which shows the speaker, plus an inset window showing the slides). Please get in touch if you have difficulty viewing the videos. You can also view the Powerpoint slides for Tess Kay’s presentation.
Dr Louise Mansfield, Brunel University
Professor Tess Kay, Brunel University
Dr Belinda Wheaton, Brighton University
Dr Karen Throsby, University of Warwick
Using (auto-)ethnographic methods, Karen Throsby is researching English Channel swimming and the process of making an extreme sporting body. As part of the research, she swam the Channel in September 2010, and you can see a video of her swim here. Members of the swimming community use short films like these to memorialise their swims and they also constitute a valued resource for those in training – as information, as warnings, and as inspiration during the arduous training process. Having drawn extensively on other people’s films, both as a research and a swimmer, Karen made the film both to document her own swim (for herself and others), and to enable her to think through direct experience about how Channel swimming stories can be told. She has also documented the training, the swim itself and its aftermath on her “blog” (www.thelongswim.blogspot.com). There is a link to Karen’s channel swimming website here.
Last summer Sociology@Warwick hosted the website Sociological Imagination‘s first ever seminar. The topic was the Sociology of Sport and speakers included current Sociology@Warwick faculty, current PhD students and ex-PhD students.
Professor Wyn Grant, who we also interviewed on this topic some time ago, talks about the political economy of football. If you find this interesting you should definitely check out Wyn’s site Football Economy.
In this podcast from the SI Sociology of Sport seminar, PhD researcher Deborah Butler talks about her research on the Horse Racingindustry.
As part of her research into channel swimmers, Dr Karen Throsby recently swam the English channel herself. As Karen put it on her research Blog, ““I will just say that it was an extraordinary, brutal, intoxicating, frustrating, exciting, painful, exhilarating, exhausting day that I will never forget.”
In this podcast she talks about the experience itself as well as the wider research project which this auto-ethnography was part of.
BSA Social Sciences and the Olympic Games:
Beyond the Leisure Dome
Monday 27th February 2012 09:45 – 16:30
British Library Conference Centre, London
Organised by the BSA Sociology of Sport and the BSA Leisure and Recreation Study Group, we are pleased to announce the draft conference programme is now available at. http://www.britsoc.co.uk/NR/rdonlyres/B47E1983-C19A-4F99-A61A-EF94B206A0F1/0/Olympics_Flyer_081211.pdf Alternatively please see below a brief summary of the draft programme:
09:45 – 10:15 Registration (First Floor Conference Centre)
10:15 – 10:30 Welcome and Introduction
10:30 – 11:45 Session 1: The Olympics, Space and the City
11:45 – 12:00 Refreshment Break
12:00 – 13:15 Session 2: International and Translational Development
13:15 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:15 Session 3: Politics and Security
15:15 – 15:30 Refreshment Break
15:30 – 16:30 Roundtable: The Olympic Games and Civil Society
16:00 – 16:40 Wrap Up and Conference Close
Register online now at: http://bsas.esithosting.co.uk/public/event/eventBooking.aspx?id=EVT10159
Registration: BSA members £25, Non-members £35, Concessionary Member £20, Non-member Student / Unwaged £30. Fee includes buffet lunch and refreshments. For further information email email@example.com
20 June · 16:00 – 18:00
R1.13, Ramphal Building, University of Warwick
Channel Swimming – Dr Karen Throsby, University of Warwick
Football – Prof Wyn Grant, University of Warwick
Horse Racing – Deborah Butler, University of Warwick
Football – Dr Sam Farooq, University of Gloucestershire