We/you can tell talk from matter: a conversation with Håkan Larsson and Mikael Quennerstedt

John Evans, Brian Davies, Emma Rich

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How we go about conceptualising and articulating relationships between the body as 'matter' and its 'mattering' in and by culture, is a critical issue for educational researchers, perhaps especially so for those in Physical Education, Health and sport (PEHS). This paper engages such issue via conversation with ideas presented in the recent work of Håkan Larsson and Mikael Quennerstedt, published in this and another journal (Quest). While we share much the same interests as Håkan and Mikael in researching educational processes, including how policy and pedagogical transactions evident in formal and informal education, PEHS impact subjectivity to either prohibit or progress the well-being of children and young people and, even more broadly, greater equity and equality in society and schools, we highlight some clear points of divergence especially with their views as to how future research might advance understanding of relationships between education, embodiment and specific movement forms. The paper advocates attention to both matter and mattering and their relationality, via border crossings of an ideational, intellectual and disciplinary kind.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-665
JournalSport, Education and Society
Issue number5
Early online date21 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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