Sportswear Performs

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Section introduction on Sports Equipment. The contributors to this section on Sports Equipment engage with the gendered, political, and material dimensions of sport—with a particular focus on sportswear (extending to the places and practices of preparing bodies for sport). This introduction has been written as a selected guide to critical lenses that might aid a reading of the chapters. The term ‘equipment’ is taken to be inclusive of a range of technologies that perform alongside and with human bodies, not least clothing. Performers have long known that costume practices exceed a purely aesthetic dimension (of what it looks like), or as actor trainer Stella Adler put it, ‘[w]hat you put on affects you inside’ . Whether the fit of a hat or the flow of a dress, these costumed relations can alter an individual’s performance. Athletes know this same relationship. To perform in a certain way again and again, requires a bodily preparation that is inclusive of the clothes worn.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSports Plays
EditorsEero Laine, Broderick Chow
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780367810016
ISBN (Print)9780367409425, 9780367409395
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2021


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