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dc.contributor.author Pope, Clive C
dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, Mary
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-01T14:59:35Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-01T14:59:35Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/3202
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This study examined the ecology of ''free gym" as it occcured in both school lunch hour and after-school community settings. In an effort to understand how urban youth experience sport, an ethnography using multiple methods was conducted to ascertain how urban youth shape their own cultures according to the social forces operating within the gymnasium. A period of sustained observation revealed a student-imposed hierarchy that was dominated by skilled male African American basketball players. Status was gained through what occurred within the free-gym ecology. Students often had to learn the system by "serving time" before they could join a desired level of the hierarchy. While a few students thrived in this environment, most merely survived or were marginalized. Such a setting has implications for how physical education and school culture is subjected to wider societal influences. The presence of so cially chronic situations such as free gym require a pedagogy that is more democratic and more enriching,thereby moving from Ibe real toward the ideal. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Human Kinetics en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;22(3), pp. 311-327
dc.relation.uri http://journals.humankinetics.com/jtpe
dc.rights © Human Kinetics en_US
dc.subject extracurriculum en_US
dc.subject youth culture en_US
dc.subject gymnasium ecology en_US
dc.title Darwinism in the gym en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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