Physical Practices and Sportification : between Institutionalisation and Standardization: The Example of Three Activities in France

Abstract : Many physical activities, from traditional games to emerging practices, have been and still are confronted with the "sportification" process. Sports historians and sociologists have produced numerous isolated monographs to try and comprehend this development. Through the compared analysis of three activities - break-dancing, speleology and mixed martial arts - this study prolongs the modeling effort initiated by Renson (1998) to understand the fundamental elements which simultaneously encourage and slow down this process. It shows that this conflict crystallizes around the degree of standardization of a practice and its institutional recognition. To protect the original identity of these activities, their sportification process cannot be completed.
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Cécile Collinet, Matthieu Delalandre, Pierre-Olaf Schut, Coralie Lessard. Physical Practices and Sportification : between Institutionalisation and Standardization: The Example of Three Activities in France. International Journal of the History of Sport, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2013, 30 (9), pp.989-1007. ⟨hal-00840320⟩

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