Physical Education as a Site of Critical Inquiry: Intersectionality and Ethnically Diverse Young People’s Issues of Embodiment

Part of the Geschlecht und Gesellschaft book series (GUG, volume 59)


Current scholars involved in the study of critical issues in physical education (PE) have acknowledged how gender must not be viewed in isolation from the many other socio-cultural and economic dimensions of life that impact young people’s embodied identities (Carrington and Wood, Sociology of Leisure: A reader, E & FN Spon, London 1995; Fleming, Leisure Studies 13:159–177, 1994; Flintoff et al., International Studies in Sociology of Education, 13:159–177, 2008). Using intersectionality as a theoretical framework, young people’s ways of performing, constructing, and expressing masculinities and femininities are viewed as plural and fluid, informed by race and social class relations, as produced by and negotiated in specific sport contexts. Early critical work in PE that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s, however, focused on gender as a single and unitary social category, treating “girls” and “boys” as homogeneous groups.


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  1. 1.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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