Sport, loneliness and solitude

The value of sport and physical activity is often found in the potential to bring people together, to form communities, to develop new friendships or strengthen existing ones. Self-determination theory, which often informs initiatives to promote exercise and physical activity, has relatedness as one key component. This often translates to emphasising social support and connectednessContinue reading “Sport, loneliness and solitude”

Sport, Happiness, Meaning and ‘the Good Life’

Philosophers throughout history have sought to understand what constitutes a good life. Two candidates often rise above the others: happiness and meaning. Happiness can be understood in many different ways. Psychologists have recently taken interest in the philosophical debates on the difference between hedonia and eudaimonia, that are often understood as two different conceptions ofContinue reading “Sport, Happiness, Meaning and ‘the Good Life’”

Positive and Negative Experiences – Part 2

I had an earlier post on the role of positive and negative experiences in living a meaningful sport-life. I mentioned that we might have focused too much on positive experiences when thinking of meaningfulness in sport. In this post, I will look into a couple of more studies on how the emotional tone of ourContinue reading “Positive and Negative Experiences – Part 2”

Is Sport Still a Project of Youth?

Developmental theories are not only descriptive, but also prescriptive: it is not only that one typically completes education, finds a job and gets married at a certain age, but that one is expected to do these things at this ‘right time’. The normative ideas about life course that circulate in our societies have massive implicationsContinue reading “Is Sport Still a Project of Youth?”

On finding or losing our (athletic) self

Different strands of psychology and philosophy have ended up with different conclusions about the importance of ‘finding’ or ‘constructing’ a coherent and strong identity, or a sense of who we are. Should we develop this strong identity, or realise that identity and self are illusions that distort our view of the nature of reality? AndContinue reading “On finding or losing our (athletic) self”

Spirituality in Sport

What you are truly after neither has form nor is without form. It cannot be grasped or attained or obtained or conceptualized or even described (…) In other words, there is nothing to get. (Steve Hagen, Buddhism is Not What you Think)  Following developments in other fields such as health sciences, nursing, psychology and management,Continue reading “Spirituality in Sport”

Positive and Negative Experiences

I have been honoured to have such wonderful guests in the Meaningful Sport podcast who have asked critical but constructive questions around what kind of movement experiences might be important from the perspective of meaningfulness. Especially the episodes on physical education with ‪Déirdre Ní Chróinín and Tim Fletcher and Greg Dryer have centralised these issues.Continue reading “Positive and Negative Experiences”

Meaning-oriented movement cultures?

Many philosophers have contended that movement culture practices hold the possibility to become existential explorations of our humanity and place in the world. However, in contemporary cultural life, movement cultures (in sport and exercise) are in danger of being reduced to two equally uninspiring ‘projects’: exercise-for-health and (elite) sport-for-winning. ‘Exercise-for-health’, informed by the rapid advancesContinue reading “Meaning-oriented movement cultures?”

Health, What For?

It is somewhat paradoxical that we seem to be becoming increasingly unhealthy (for example, because of our sedentary lifestyles) but at the same time obsessed with health. Many sociologists have written about “healthism” and how health issues dominate the public consciousness. Health has increasingly become a moral imperative that should guide our lifestyle choices (e.g.,Continue reading “Health, What For?”

Moving “post” sport?

For some critical sport scholars, the era of modern sport is over. Or at least it should be. But what kind of alternative physical culture are they proposing? “Post-sport” as a different form of physical culture that rejects the values of modern sport was explored by Brian Pronger in his book Body Fascism: Salvation inContinue reading “Moving “post” sport?”