Airplane Racing by Don Berliner

By Don Berliner

This can be the background of air racing from its beginnings in 1909 at Reims, France, to the tip of the 2008 racing season at Reno, Nevada. The historical past of air racing is especially a lot the historical past of aviation, with glamorous pilots, a few of army repute (e.g., Jimmy Doolittle) and developers (e.g., Glenn Curtiss), machines that captivated the nationwide mind's eye, and plenty of particularly unknown tinkerers and architects. This publication follows air racing from pre-World struggle I ecu races, throughout the interwar years while renowned air races prompted army layout, and the booms and struggles of the postwar years ahead of racing stumbled on an enduring domestic within the Nevada wilderness.

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Her focus is on the history of Western philosophy, 38 Embodied Sporting Practices but the processes she describes resonate across contemporary cultures, none more so than in the field of sport, where her focus upon difference has relevance. A cursory review of current sport reveals a striking volubility of men’s sporting achievements and practices and an almost complete silence about women’s, apart from particular competitions like the Olympic Games and Paralympics and some sports like tennis and athletics.

Deleuze and Guttari’s materiality offers greater emphasis upon energy, productivity and creativity than the constraints of ‘docile bodies’ that have been seen as problematic in Foucault’s earlier work. The Deleuzian notion of assemblage offers an alternative version of the operation of power and of transformation, which is also explored later in this book. Fourth, Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s concept of the ‘lived body’ as developed in his Phenomenology of Perception (1962) has been developed more recently, in the field of sport (Crossley, 2001; Wacquant, 1995a, 1995b) and in feminist phenomenological approaches (Moi, 2000, not in sport, and Young, 2005b, with application to sport).

Developments in bio-medicine demonstrate Foucault’s distinction between the study of the individual body and the study of populations, whereby Foucault examined how various forms of discipline of the body have regulated individuals in the anatomo-politics of the human body (1981). Anatomo-politics is concerned with the micropolitics of identity and concentrated on the sexuality, reproduction and life histories of individuals, but can equally well be applied to sporting body practices. The clinical examination of individuals is part of the anatomo-politics of society.

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