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
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780367810016
ISBN (Print)9780367409425, 9780367409395
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2021


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