Sport and the aesthetic

Sellers, Val and Palmer, Clive Alan orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-9925-2811 (2019) Sport and the aesthetic. Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 13 (1). pp. 97-110. ISSN 1754-2375

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This paper discusses some perspectives as to whether the status of a form of art can claimed for sporting activities. I would like to question the assumptions contained within this point of view, by examining the idea of sporting activities being open to, and objects of, aesthetic appraisal; but also to go further and question the idea of sporting activities ever achieving the status of an art form. I would like to hypothesise that while a sporting activity can be an object of aesthetic appraisal, sports cannot attain the status of an art form.

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