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Sports & Recreation Sports Psychology

The Making of High Performance Athletes

Discipline, Diversity, and Ethics

by (author) Debra Shogan

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Jan 1999
Category
Sports Psychology, Ethics & Moral Philosophy, Physical Education
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780802082015
    Publish Date
    Jan 1999
    List Price
    $37.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780802043955
    Publish Date
    Jan 1999
    List Price
    $68.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442659322
    Publish Date
    Dec 1999
    List Price
    $28.95

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Description

Highly skilled athletes are produced by technologies of training which seek to create the athlete as a singular identity. Yet the disciplinary model of modern sport is consistently disrupted by the diversity and hybridity of the participants. Using Foucault's work on disciplinary power as a theoretical framework, Debra Shogan, an academic in sports ethics and a coach of high performance athletes, examines the ways in which athletes are produced through technologies of training and the ethical issues which emerge when demands to improve performance envelopes athletes, coaches, administrators and sports scientists in decisions about how far to push the limits of performance. Making the case for a new, postmodern sports ethic, Shogan shows how the juxtaposition of hybrid athletes with the homogenizing technologies of sport discipline opens up spaces for questioning, refusing, and perhaps creating new ways of participating in sport.

About the author

Debra Shogan is a social theorist and critic whose work has focused on the parameters of the ethical domain. She is the author of Care and Moral Motivation (OISE, 1988); A Reader in Feminist Ethics (Canadian Scholars' Press, 1993); and The Making of High Performance Athletes: Discipline, Diversity, and Ethics (University of Toronto Press, 1999). Dr. Shogan is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta.

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