Cultural studies in sport and exercise psychology

Authored by: Emily A. Roper

Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138022423
eBook ISBN: 9781315777054
Adobe ISBN: 9781317692324


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Within this chapter, I will introduce cultural studies, beginning with a brief history of its origins and key concepts (e.g., power, privilege and praxis). The use of cultural studies to study sport, and more specifically its use in sport and exercise psychology are the focus of this chapter. An overview of the scholarly work in sport and exercise psychology that has explicitly used cultural studies or feminist cultural studies will be addressed, as well as work that incorporates discussion of power, privilege and social justice as they relate to sport and exercise psychology. Considered to be at the “heart” of cultural sport psychology (Ryba & Wright, 2005), sport psychology as cultural praxis is discussed as a way in which to push the discipline of sport and exercise psychology out of its traditional framework and advocate for a more culturally inclusive and socially just discipline (McGannon & Smith, 2015).

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