Bodies of Latent Potential : Abled Imaginary and National Belonging in Finnish Cultural Texts about Swimming

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Vaahtera , T & Lappalainen , S 2018 , ' Bodies of Latent Potential : Abled Imaginary and National Belonging in Finnish Cultural Texts about Swimming ' , Pedagogy, Culture and Society , vol. 26 , no. 4 , pp. 593-607 . https://doi.org/10.1080/14681366.2018.1431689

Title: Bodies of Latent Potential : Abled Imaginary and National Belonging in Finnish Cultural Texts about Swimming
Author: Vaahtera, Touko; Lappalainen, Sirpa
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Pedagogy, Culture and Society
ISSN: 1468-1366
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/304077
Abstract: Drawing on Foucauldian genealogy and the methodological approaches of cultural studies, the authors address the question of how assumptions of citizenship have functioned in Finnish cultural texts on swimming. The analysis is developed from texts from the early twentieth century to the present day. Based on a theoretical approach that combines the perspectives of disability studies and post colonialism, the article traces how the ability to swim has been articulated as a common objective, and as latent potential in everyone. It also shows how assumptions of appropriate behaviour in public pools function in a way that reinforces specific visions of Finnishness. These discussions are rearticulated, and an approach is proposed that encapsulates the functioning of ‘latent potential’. The authors further develop theorizations of ableism that facilitate specific investigation of its connections with orientalism.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
Cultural Studies
orientalism
ableism
EMBODIMENT
CITIZENSHIP
swimming training
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