Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Friday, May 30 1:45pm-3:15pm Vallee-300

Primary Session Category: Sociology of Culture
Session Code: SoCul3
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: Arts and media have historically been central areas of inquiry for cultural sociologists. Yet, core cultural concepts are clearly relevant to the equally rich fields of sport and recreation. In this session, we take up questions like: how are sport and leisure bound up with social processes of differentiation and distinction? What are the foundations and consequences of boundary work in sport and recreation? How do sport and leisure as fields intersect with, or depart from, other fields (e.g. those centred on education, or cultural production)? How do discourses, schemas, and frames operate in fields of sport and recreation? By applying and extending insights from cultural theory, we begin to build a rich, meaning-centred understanding of sport and leisure.

Session Organizer: Diana Miller, University of Toronto, Sociology,

Chair: Diana Miller


1.     Christine Carey  

Pounds are Seconds: The Cult of Thinness in Women’s Distance Running

2.     Joshua Brisson   

 Sports and Symbolic Boundary Making: A Test of the Highbrow and Cultural Omnivore Theses

3.     Michele Donnelly  

‘This is the women’s workshop’: Establishing and Maintaining the Boundaries of Women Onlyness

4.     Hye Jin Kim  

From a dragon from a small stream to my mom’s friend’s daughter: Case study of figure skater Yuna Kim.

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