Afterword: (Digital) physical cultural studies?

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This chapter considers three intertwined concepts – digitization, deterritorialization and disintermediation – as a way to understand screens, sounds and movement in physical cultural studies (PCS). PCS's emergence as a new trajectory in an area formerly dominated by sport science recognizes and celebrates 'the physical cultural turn' and the extent of cultural studies scholars' interest in a range of new topics and tropes. Digitization has many characteristics. The most important is mobility: ideas move through space and time. Deterritorialization, as a concept, captures how particular media platforms and communication systems de-emphasize our position in analogue space and time in favour of a virtual space and time. Disintermediation has transformed the music and publishing industries, alongside banking, stock trading and the purchase of hardware and software. Google is the midwife for online disintermediation, enabling the explosion of content from blogs, wikis, and podcasts, to be found through an initiative search box.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies
EditorsMichael L. Silk, David L. Andrews, Holly Thorpe
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781315745664, 9781317596011, 9781317596004
ISBN (Print)9781138817210
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • physical cultural studies (PCS)
  • Digitization
  • Physical culture
  • Movement studies
  • Mobility
  • Cultural studies


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