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Body Commons: Toward an Interdisciplinary Study of the Somatic Spectacular

Kohe, Geoff and Newman, Joshua (2011) Body Commons: Toward an Interdisciplinary Study of the Somatic Spectacular. Brogla: An Australian Journal About Dance, 35 (Dec.). pp. 65-74. ISSN 1322-76545

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Recently, many Western societies have indulgently produced and consumed a new theatre of corporeality. In this paper, we explore the explosion of corporeal (kinesthetic) forms as evidenced in mass-media discourse—as evoked by ‘reality’ television shows like Dancing with the stars and So you think you can dance?, and in contemporary agent provocateurs such as the spectacle and spectacular(ised) Lady Gaga. Drawing on Turner’s (1992) notion of the ‘somatic society’, Shilling’s (2006) theorizing on the body sociological, and McLaren’s (1995) Freire-inspired examinations of critical pedagogy, we argue that these forms share, we suggest, commonalities with the spectacularised and politicised physcailties of sporting bodies oft-polemicised by body sociologists, feminist critics, and cultural studies scholars (to name but a few). Each is thrust into public sphere is heretofore unimaginably spectacular ways; each is judged, subjected, and disciplined along performative norms; each is transformed into somatic currency for capital accumulation. Thusly, we offer a new lens toward a radically-contextually, anti-disciplinary, corporeally-engaged, critical (public) body pedagogic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: dance, sport, sport studies, interdisciplinary study
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Geoff Kohe
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2014 10:02
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:02

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