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Seishin Habitus : Spiritual Capital and Japanese Rowing

McDonald, Brent Douglas and Hallinan, Christopher J (2005) Seishin Habitus : Spiritual Capital and Japanese Rowing. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 40 (2). 187 -200. ISSN 1012-6902

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Abstract

Sport occupies an important place in educational curriculum, such as club activities in Japanese schools and universities; is it also imbued with what Bourdieu suggests are guaranteed capital properties? That is, can physical education help to accrue capital and can such capital become cultural and economic capital? Further, is this capital similar to that resulting from academic education? Although Western culture recognizes Cartesian differentiation, mind and body are seen as one in the Japanese understanding of the individual, unified by the concept of spirit (this is different to the concept of soul). Recognizing this concept of the body is crucial in addressing the question of transferring educational (in this case physical) capital into forms of cultural capital. This paper investigates the responses of members of a Japanese University Rowing club when addressing questions dealing with various uses of the body in rowing and perceived opportunities for future employment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID8416, habitus, rowing, Japan, education, naturalistic, Japan, naturalistic
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-General
FOR Classification > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Work-Based Education Research Centre (WERC)
Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:38
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/492
DOI: 10.1177/1012690205057197
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Citations in Scopus: 7 - View on Scopus

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