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Redeeming the Habitus: a Christian Sociological Approach to Embodiment in Sport

Tyler, Mike and Gibbons, T. (2019) Redeeming the Habitus: a Christian Sociological Approach to Embodiment in Sport. Sport in Society, 22 (2). pp. 239-251. ISSN Print: 1743-0437 Online: 1743-0445

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The human body is of central concern in both the sociology of sport and in Christianity. This paper seeks to respond to exclusively secular explanations of embodiment, which are insufficient for explaining the role and significance of religion in society broadly, and in sport particularly. Affirming an explicitly Christian understanding of the body, the paper shows how the Bourdieusian framing of embodiment–habitus–is amenable to the incorporation of the historic theological uses of the habitus concept. It will be argued that there is no need to jettison either this theological groundwork, or the theoretical insights of sociology in making sense of embodied persons in sport. Instead, a more rounded conceptual tool will be produced. Finally, in conclusion, some thoughts will be offered as to the future application of this ‘redeemed’ habitus in the sociological study of sport and religion. © 2017, © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: human, religion, sociology, sport, theoretical model, Christianity, Christian theological perspectives, embodiment, secular bias, sociology of sport, Bourdieu's habitus
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Tanya Buchanan
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 08:29
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:27

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