Negotiating Fitness, From Consumption to Virtuous Production

Ross Neville, Catherine Gorman, Sheila Flanagan, Frédéric Dimanche

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By shifting our attention towards everyday life, its manifold commitments and responsibilities, this paper examines the potential for “fitness” to take on an extended meaning beyond consumption activity. In the opening sections, Robert Nozick’s (1974) “Experience Machine” thought experiment is presented as an alternative analytic frame for interpreting the problem of fitness in terms of a tension between mere activity and experience. In relation to this tension, the paper presents findings from a study of experienced participants and emphasizes the possibilities of a virtuous production through fitness. In particular, we emphasize that there is much work to be done in sedimenting (and maintaining) an appropriate frame of reference for “doing fitness” and that “being someone through fitness” might operate as an indexical marker of virtue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-311
JournalSociology of sport journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015


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