Critical Postmodernism in Human Movement, Physical Education, and Sport

Edited by Juan-Miguel Fernandez-Balboa

Subjects: Education
Series: SUNY series on Sport, Culture, and Social Relations
Paperback : 9780791435168, 277 pages, October 1997
Hardcover : 9780791435151, 277 pages, October 1997

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Table of contents

Part I: The Human Movement Profession in the Postmodern Era: Critical Analyses

1. Introduction: The Human Movement Profession—From Modernism to Postmodernism
Juan-Miguel Fernández-Balboa

2. Sociocultural Aspects of Human Movement: The Heritage of Modernism, the Need for a Postmodernism
George H. Sage

3. Gender Discrimination in Norwegian Academia: A Hidden Male Game or an Inspiration for Postmodern Feminist Praxis
Gerd von der Lippe

4. Schooling Bodies in New Times: The Reform of School Physical Education in High Modernity
David Kirk

5. Health, Freedom, and Human Movement in the Postmodern Era
Larry Fahlberg and Lauri Fahlberg

6. A Critical-Postmodern Perspective on Knowledge Development in Human Movement
Robert Brustad

7. Performance and Participation Discourses in Human Movement: Toward a Socially Critical Physical Education
Richard Tinning

8. Physical Education Teacher Preparation in the Postmodern Era: Toward a Critical Pedagogy
Juan-Miguel Fernández-Balboa

9. Critical Moral Issues in Teaching Physical Education
Susan M. Schwager

10. Toward a Department of Physical Cultural Studies and an End to Tribal Warfare
Alan G. Ingham (and Friends)

Part II: Critiques of the Critical Postmodern Analyses of the Human Movement Profession

11. Transformation in the Postmodern Era: A New Game Plan
Linda L. Bain

12. A Practical Inquiry into the Critical-Postmodernist Perspective in Physical Education
Don Hellison

13. Defining the Dreaded Curriculum: Tensions Between the Modern and the Postmodern
Catherine D. Ennis

Questions for Reflection



Archival Materials

About the Authors


Explores the possibilities of postmodernism in the field of human movement and shows how the profession is related to broader social, political, and cultural contexts and histories.


This book proposes alternative ways of looking at human movement and brings into question the traditional role of the human-movement profession as an agent of social and cultural reproduction. The authors argue that the profession has traditionally shaped physical activities in schools and communities in disempowering ways and has adversely influenced how people view their bodies, apply physical activities to their lives, and use and understand the knowledge in the field.

To raise awareness of the possibilities of postmodernism for human movement, the contributors employ a critical postmodern conceptualization of the profession to explore the conflicts within it; to ask what can be done to strengthen it; to investigate how professional relations and meanings can be constructed within a new realm of justice, freedom, and equity; and to discuss the professional and civic principles to which the profession should subscribe.

Contributors include Linda Bain, Robert Brustad, Cathy Ennis, Larry Fahlberg and Lauri Fahlberg, Don Hellison, Alan Ingham, David Kirk, George H. Sage, Sue Schwager, Richard Tinning, and Gerd von der Lippe.

Juan-Miguel Fernandez-Balboa is Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Northern Colorado.


"A collection of sound, well-written, and complementary texts which provides a long-overdue and much-needed critical foundation for discourse on professional reform in Human Movement."--Ralph C. Wilcox, University of Memphis.

"This book has the potential to become a benchmark publication in the field of physical education. Every ten to fifteen years a notable text stimulates a paradigm shift in physical education, and I expect that this book may well foster such a paradigm shift." --Loy, Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand.

"With this book, the field of human movement is moved into the next century. I especially like the brevity and conciseness of each chapter; the wide representation of some of the best thinkers' work in this field; and the transnational perspective." -- Synthia Sydnor Slowikowski, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.