Social Justice Through Sport and Exercise Studies: A Manifesto

Brynn Adamson, Matthew Adamson, Caitlin Clarke, Emma V. Richardson, Synthia Sydnor

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This manifesto reimagines social justice in physical cultural studies by renaming, broadening, and building new characterizations of the body, dis/ability, mental health, exercise, social oppression, and sport. We problematize embedded ‘myths’ in exercise and sports studies scholarship for purposes of informing praxis-based research, and emancipatory practical agendas. These ‘myths’ include the embodied tragedy myth, the myth of bodily control, the sport for peace/development myth, the exercise is medicine myth, the healthism and exercise myth, the compulsory ablemindedness and exercise myth, and the exercise is cost-effective myth. Using intersecting and diverging theories, we propose new ways of knowing these taken for granted notions to springboard a new, socially just, emancipatory approach to research and practice.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number019372352210991
Pages (from-to)407-444
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of Sport and Social Issues
Issue number5
Early online dateMay 12 2022
StatePublished - Oct 2022


  • social justice
  • exercise psychology
  • sport psychology
  • mental health
  • disability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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