Too hot to handle? A sociol semiotic analysis of touching in 'Bend it Like Beckham'

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/616928
Title:
Too hot to handle? A sociol semiotic analysis of touching in 'Bend it Like Beckham'
Authors:
Garratt, Dean; Piper, Heather
Abstract:
This article examines the cinematic portrayal of touching and its politics in sports coaching, exploring how social interactions between coach and athlete are symbolically represented. The analysis focuses primarily on a well-known British-produced film, Bend it like Beckham (2002), in which scenes exhibit different forms of touching. The construction of intimate coach-athlete relationships captured through a series of filmed encounters is analysed through a social semiotic frame. This requires judgements about the authority, ‘reality-status’, and possibility of meaning arising from such representational practices. Attention is drawn to different moments of intimacy and/or sexual tension between the lead coach and central female characters, both on and off the pitch. Through a series of detailed interpretations, we show how the complexities involved in assigning intentionality in cinematic contexts serves both to assert and displace meaning. This further problematizes moral aspects of relations between coaches and athletes in tactile encounters, and especially so within the context of risk-averse safeguarding policies in sports coaching, a context characterised by increased prescription, proscription and disciplinary intervention during the years since the film was released.
Affiliation:
University of Chester; Manchester Metropolitan University
Citation:
Garratt, D., & Piper, H. (2016). Too hot to handle? A sociol semiotic analysis of touching in 'Bend it Like Beckham'. Sports Coaching Review, 5(1), 102-115
Publisher:
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Journal:
Sports Coaching Review
Publication Date:
12-Jul-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/616928
DOI:
10.1080/21640629.2016.1198580
Additional Links:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2016.1198580
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sports Coaching Review on 12-7-16, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2016.1198580
ISSN:
2164-0629
EISSN:
2164-0637
Appears in Collections:
Education

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dc.contributor.authorGarratt, Deanen
dc.contributor.authorPiper, Heatheren
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-14T09:42:25Z-
dc.date.available2016-07-14T09:42:25Z-
dc.date.issued2016-07-12-
dc.identifier.citationGarratt, D., & Piper, H. (2016). Too hot to handle? A sociol semiotic analysis of touching in 'Bend it Like Beckham'. Sports Coaching Review, 5(1), 102-115en
dc.identifier.issn2164-0629-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/21640629.2016.1198580-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/616928-
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sports Coaching Review on 12-7-16, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2016.1198580en
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the cinematic portrayal of touching and its politics in sports coaching, exploring how social interactions between coach and athlete are symbolically represented. The analysis focuses primarily on a well-known British-produced film, Bend it like Beckham (2002), in which scenes exhibit different forms of touching. The construction of intimate coach-athlete relationships captured through a series of filmed encounters is analysed through a social semiotic frame. This requires judgements about the authority, ‘reality-status’, and possibility of meaning arising from such representational practices. Attention is drawn to different moments of intimacy and/or sexual tension between the lead coach and central female characters, both on and off the pitch. Through a series of detailed interpretations, we show how the complexities involved in assigning intentionality in cinematic contexts serves both to assert and displace meaning. This further problematizes moral aspects of relations between coaches and athletes in tactile encounters, and especially so within the context of risk-averse safeguarding policies in sports coaching, a context characterised by increased prescription, proscription and disciplinary intervention during the years since the film was released.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Groupen
dc.relation.urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2016.1198580en
dc.subjectTouchingen
dc.subjectsafeguardingen
dc.subjectchild protection policyen
dc.subjectsports coachingen
dc.subjectsocial semiotic analysisen
dc.subjectFoucaulten
dc.subjectfilmen
dc.titleToo hot to handle? A sociol semiotic analysis of touching in 'Bend it Like Beckham'en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn2164-0637-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester; Manchester Metropolitan Universityen
dc.identifier.journalSports Coaching Reviewen
dc.date.accepted2016-05-20-
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderEconomic and Social Research Councilen
rioxxterms.identifier.projectRES000-22-4156en
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-01-12-
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