Socio-Cultural Studies

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Socio-cultural analyses of physical activity and sport constitute a fundamental dimension of Human Kinetics.  Scholars in this area examine the issues, debates, and social problems associated with physical activity and sport by using theories and approaches from sociology, anthropology, history and political science. Members of this group are frequently called upon by the media to comment on and to provide advice pertaining to various social issues, including social inequalities and health, obesity and sedentary lifestyles, and sport violence and ethics.

The School of Human Kinetics currently has one research centre in the socio-cultural studies which is recognized by the University: The Research Centre for Sport in Canadian Society (Director, Jean Harvey).

Research areas

  • The role of physical activity and sport in international development and international cooperation
  • Aboriginal people’s involvement in physical activity and sport
  • Major games (e.g., Olympics), festivals, and identity
  • Globalization and commercialization of sport
  • Politics of sport and citizenship
  • Physical activity, sport, and the culture of risk
  • Young people’s, adults’, and elderly people’s participation in physical activity and sport
  • Women, physical activity and health
  • The body, body image, obesity and health
  • Critical analysis of health systems, health policies, health industries
  • Etc.


Employment opportunities

Our graduates have found employment in many domains:

  • Research (University research centres, public health agencies, organizations that promote participation in physical activity and sport)
  • Sport and physical activity development at national, provincial, and local levels
  • Organizations involved in injury prevention
  • Communication (journalism, researcher, public relations)
  • Community and social development


Research Centre for Sport in Canadian Society

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