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A Performative Feel for the Game

How Meaningful Sports Shape Gender, Bodies, and Social Life

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Uniquely combines ethnography, media studies, and sociology to explore understandings of cultural dynamics and diversity

  • Challenges dominant discourse in critical sports sociology by applying anthropological and performance theories

  • Sensitive to both the minutiae of social life as well as media-driven national narratives around sport

Part of the book series: Cultural Sociology (CULTSOC)

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: Sport, Meaning and Gender

    • Trygve B. Broch
    Pages 1-39
  3. Media, Sport Enchantment and Gender

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 41-41
  4. Socialization, Sport Felicity and Gender

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 111-111
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 201-209

About this book

"The meaning of sport is gendered—but not always as we might be imagining. A Performative Feel for the Game goes beyond taken-for-granted gender hierarchies. Through a cultural analysis of Norwegian handball, Trygve Broch teaches us how narratives, historical myths and welfare policies intermingle with processes of democratization, showing how sport is not reducible to power and inequality. A multifaceted social and existential sphere is thereby opened up. This is an exciting and intriguing read that will generate a lively debate among sport sociologists."

—Anna Lund, Associate Professor of Sociology, Stockholm University, Sweden

 

Applying a cultural sociology of performance, this book interrogates how the meaning of sport intersects with gender. Trygve B. Broch points out uncertainties in the causal arguments made by key figures in the cultural studies tradition, instead advancing a meaning-centered study of sports as involving both a social and an athletic performance. Sports not only reflect or reverse social realities, but capture and keep our attention when we use and experience them as a means to reflect on social life, injustice, and hierarchy. More specifically, blending approaches from media studies with ethnography, Broch explores the women-dominated sport of handball in Norway, a country that considers gender equality a basis of democracy. As such, the analyses here show how broadly available meanings about sameness and equality are mediated and experienced through a performative feel for the game.

Keywords

  • cultural sociology
  • performance theory
  • gender
  • media
  • youth culture
  • Norway
  • Norwegian culture
  • handball

Reviews

“I found it to be a challenging read. … I would encourage anyone with an interest in sport and gender to read this book, challenging as it might be, primarily for the stories about the lives and interactions of the young handball players.” (Alan Bairner, idrottsforum.org, June 18, 2020)

“In situating his ethnographic study of handball in Norway in a wider cultural sociological perspective, Broch has provided a refreshing, heterodox account of the experiential appeal and the progressive possibilities of sport. A Performative Feel for the Game is, no doubt, something of a provocation. But, it is one that will repay careful consideration by sport sociologists who are committed to understanding how global sport’s many auto-reproductive gender hierarchies might be shaken and dismantled.” (David Rowe, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Research, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, Australia, and author of Sport, Culture and the Media (1999) and Global Media Sport (2011))

Authors and Affiliations

  • Inland Norway University of Applied Scie, Elverum, Norway

    Trygve B. Broch

About the author

Trygve B. Broch is Associate Professor at the Department of Public Health and Sport Sciences, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway. He is also a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University, USA. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: A Performative Feel for the Game

  • Book Subtitle: How Meaningful Sports Shape Gender, Bodies, and Social Life

  • Authors: Trygve B. Broch

  • Series Title: Cultural Sociology

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-35129-8

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-35128-1

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-35131-1

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-35129-8

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 209

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Sociological Theory, Sport Sociology, Sociology of Culture, Gender Studies

Buying options

eBook
USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-35129-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)