Dr David Brown



Reader in the Sociology of Sport and ​Physical Culture

Telephone number: +44(0)29 2020 1156
Email address: dbrown@cardiffmet.ac.uk​

David joined the School in 2010. He is active in both the teaching and research of the sociology of sport and physical culture.​​

Research / Publications

David’s research interests concern the development of interpretive sociological under-standings of the body-self-society relationship in the fields of sport and physical culture. Currently his principle research foci is on Eastern movement forms as body-self transforming practice and the changing relationships between physical cultures and sustainability respectively. Previous research has included enquiry into a range of sporting and physical cultures including, male bodybuilding identity and body projects, the corporeal (and gendered) socialization in surfing culture and Higher Education sports cultures and physical education teacher education.

Lo lacono, V. & Brown D.H.K. Brown (in press) "Heritage as a duality of tangible and intangible: Towards a model of living cultural heritage". Dance Research Journal.

Beaumont, E. & Brown, D.H.K. (2014): 'Once a Local Surfer, Always a Local Surfer': Local Surfing Careers in a Southwest English Village, Leisure Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Abstract.

Beaumont, E., & Brown, D.H.K. (2014) ‘It’s not something I’m proud of but it’s ... just how I feel’: Local surfer perspectives of localism, Leisure Studies. [abstract]

Edwards, L. L., Brown, D. H. K., & Smith, L. (2014) "We are getting there slowly": lesbian teacher experiences in the post-Section 28 environment. Sport, Education and Society, 1–20. Abstract

Gutiérrez-García, C., Gutiérrez-García,M. Brown, D.H.K.,Álvarez del Palacio, E. (2014) Bibliographies on Asian martial arts: a review. Ido Movement for Culture: Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology.

Pérez-Gutiérrez, M., Brown, D. H. K., Álvarez-del-Palacio, E., & Gutiérrez-García, C. (2014) The (re)emergence of a religio-spiritual self-cultivation focus in Asian martial arts monographs published in Spain (1906–2009). The International Journal of the History of Sport, 1–18. Abstract

Brown, D., Jennings, G., & Sparkes, A. (2014). Taijiquan the "Taiji World" Way: Towards a Cosmopolitan Vision of Ecology. Societies, 4(3), 380–398. Abstract

Aldous, D., Sparkes, A.C. & Brown, D.H.K. (2014). Trajectories towards Failure: Considerations regarding post-16 transitions within the UK sport-education sector. Sport, Education and Society 1–17. Abstract

Brown, David H.K. (2013): Seeking spirituality through physicality in schools: learning from 'Eastern movement forms', International Journal of Children's Spirituality. 18(1) 30-45. Abstract

Aldous, D.C.R., Sparkes, A.C., & Brown, D.H.K. (2012) Transitional experiences of post-16 sports education: Jack's story, British Journal of Sociology of EducationAbstract

Vicente J. Beltrán-Carrillo, José Devís-Devís, Carmen Peiró-Velert, and David H.K. Brown (2012) When Physical Activity Participation Promotes Inactivity: Negative Experiences of Spanish Adolescents in Physical Education and Sport. Youth & Society, 44(1) 3-27. Abstract

Brown D.H.K. & Jennings, G. (2011) La lignee corporelle: conceptualisation de la transmission des arts martiaux traditionnels en Occident. STAPS 93, 61 - 71 (Abstract)

Brown, D. H. K. (2011) La concezione weberiana del carisma: il caso delle arti marziali. Religioni e Società, 7, pp.42-60
Sparkes, A.C., Partington, E., & Brown, D.H.K. (2010). The "Jock body" in social space: Capital, culture, and gender. Space and culture, 13 (3), 333 - 347 [Abstract

Jennings, G., & Brown, D.H.K., & Sparkes, A.C. (2010). It can be a religion for you if you want it to be": An ethnography of a Wing Chun Kung Fu's club as a body-self transforming cultural practice. Ethnography, 11 (4), 533 - 557 [Abstract

Aldous, D., & Brown, D.H.K. (2010) Framing bodies of knowledge within the "acoustics" of the School: Exploring pedagogical transition through Newly Qualified Physical Education Teacher experiences. Submitted Sport, Education & Society, 15 (4), 411 - 429 Abstract 

Brown, D.H.K., & Leledaki, A. (2010) Eastern movement forms as body-self transforming cultural practices in the West: Towards A sociological perspective. Cultural Sociology 4(1 (1), 123-154. Abstract

Brown D.H.K, Molle, A, Jennings, G (2009) Belief in the martial arts: Exploring relationships between Asian martial arts and religion. Stadion, 35, pp.47 - 66. 

Smith, B., Allen-Collinson, J., Phoenix, C., Brown, D.H.K., & Sparkes , A. C. (2009). Dialogue, Monologue, and Boundary Crossing Within Research Encounters: A Performative Narrative Analysis International. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 7(3), 342-358. 

Leledaki, A. & Brown, D.H.K. (2008). 'Physicalisation': A pedagogy of body-mind cultivation for liberation in modern Yoga and Meditation methods. Asian Medicine Tradition and Modernity, 4(2) 303-337. Abstract

Brown, D.H.K., Jennings, G., & Leledaki, A. (2008). The changing charismatic status of the performing male body in Asian martial arts films. Sport in Society, 11(2), 174 - 194. Abstract

Sicilia-Camacho, A., & Brown, D.H.K. (2008). Revisiting the paradigm shift from the "versus" to the "non-versus" notion of Mosston's Spectrum of teaching styles in physical education pedagogy: a critical pedagogical perspective. Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy, 13(1), 85 - 108. Abstract

Sparkes, A.C., Partington, S., & Brown, D.H.K. (2007). Bodies as bearers of value and the transmission of jock culture: Some ethnographic insights. Sport, Education & Society 12(3) 295-316. Abstract

Brown, D.H.K. (2006). Pierre Bourdieu's "masculine domination" thesis and the gendered body in sport and physical culture. Sociology of Sport Journal 23(2), 162-188. Abstract

Sparkes, A.C., Batey, J., & Brown, D.H.K. (2005). The muscled self and Its aftermath: A life history study of an elite, black, male bodybuilder. Auto/Biography, 13, 131-160. 

Brown, D.H.K. (2005). An economy of gendered practices? Learning to teach physical education from the perspective of Pierre Bourdieu's embodied sociology. Sport, Education and Society, 10(1), 3-23. Abstract

Villamón, M., Brown, D.H.K., Espartero, J., & Gutiérrez, C. (2004). Modernization and the disembedding of Judo from 1946 to the 2000 Sydney Olympics. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 39(2), 139-156. Abstract

Brown, D.H.K., & Evans, J. (2004). Reproducing gender? Intergenerational links and the male PE teacher as a cultural conduit in teaching physical education. Journal of Teaching Physical Education, 23, 48-70. Abstract

Brown, D.H.K. (2003). El projecto corporal culturista. Construyendo nuevas identidades a través de la supermascularidad. Ágora: Para la Educación Física y el Deporte, 2-3, 61 - 74.

Brown, D.H.K. (2002). Going digital and staying qualitative: Some alternative strategies for digitizing the qualitative research process, FQS - Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung (Vol. 3). Online article

Brown, D.H.K., & Johnson, A. (2000). The social practice of self defence martial arts: Applications for physical education. Quest, 52(3), 246-259. Abstract

Brown, D.H.K. (1999). Complicity and reproduction in teaching physical education. Sport, Education and Society, 4(2), 143-160. Abstract

Brown, D.H.K. (1999). Bodybuilders and the social meaning of muscle. Auto/Biography, 7(1&2), 83-90.

Ford N, & Brown, D.H.K. (2006). Surfing and Social Theory: Experience, Embodiment and Narrative of the Dream Glide. London: Routledge Details

Chapters in Books

Brown, D., Morgan, K. & Aldous D. (In Press) Underpinning teacher socialization: Habitus, pragmatism and problem based learning. In Karen Lux Gaudreault & K. Andrew R. Richards (Eds.) New Perspectives on Teacher Socialization in Physical Education. Routledge.​

Brown, D. (in press) Taoism through Tai Chi Chuan: Physical Culture as Religious or holistic spirituality? In Marian de Souza, Jane Bone and Jacqueline Watson (Eds) Spirituality across Disciplines: Research and Practice in Education, Health and Social Care, Theology, Business, Sustainability and Cultural Studies. London Springer.

Brown, David H. K., and Aldous, David C.R. (2015) Challenging the Economy of Gendered Practices in PE Using Bourdieu's Embodied Reflexive Sociology. In lisahunter, Wayne Smith, and elke emerald (Eds.) Fields of Physical Culture: Encounters with and beyond Pierre Bourdieu (pp. 74–83). Oxford: Routledge .

Brown, D.H. K,  & Jennings, G. (2013) In search of the martial habitus: Identifying core dispositional schemes, in R. Sanchez, & D. Spencer (Eds)  Fighting Scholars (pp. 33-48). London: Anthem Press.

Brown, D. H. K. (2010). Quality in Publishing: A Qualitative Perspective. In J. V. Valcárcel & J. D. Devís (Eds.), La Calidad y Evaluación de las Revistas Científicas a Debate: Una mirada desde las Ciencias de la Actividad Fisica y el Deporte (pp. 73-90). Valencia: Publicaciones de la Universitat de València (PUV).

Brown, D.H.K., & Ford, N. J. (2007). The body and extreme Sport. In D. Booth (Ed.), Berkshire Encyclopedia of Extreme Sport (pp. 36-42).

Brown, D.H.K., & Leledaki, A. (2005). Fitness, health, self defence, spirituality and therapy: Situating Eastern movement forms as body-self transforming practice in the West. In J. A. Diniz, F. De Costa & M. Onoffe (Eds.), AIESEP 2005 World Congress: Active Lifestyles: The Impact of Education and Sport (pp. 217-230). Lisbon: Universidad Técnica de Lisboa.

Brown, D.H.K. (2005). Cuerpo, cultura y transmisión en la actividad física: Considerando el ejemplo de las artes marciales tradicionales (J. I. B. Gonzalez, Trans.). In N. J. Boris Calle (Ed.), La Formación De Los Educadores De Las Actividades Físico-Deportivas Extraescolares (pp. 23-36). Palencia: Patronato Municipal de Deportes: Ayunatmiento de Palenica con la Universidad de Valladolid.

Brown, D.H.K. (2003). Using Pierre Bourdieu's embodied sociology to conceptualize the gendered cultural economy in Physical Education. In Deporte Y Calidad De Vida (Cd). Proceedings of the Congresso Mundial De Ciencias De La Actividad Fisica Y El Deporte (pp. 42-47). Granada (ES).

Brown, D.H.K., & Rich, E. J. (2002). Gender positioning as pedagogical practice in learning to teach Physical Education. In D. Penney (Ed.), Gender and Physical Education: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions (pp. 80-100). London: Routledge.

Selected Presentations

Brown, D.H.K. (2015) The ecological habitus in sport and physical culture. Paper presented at the 20th annual ECSS conference: Sustainable Sport, Malmo Sweden, 24th-27th June 2015.

 Brown, D.H.K. (2012) Seeking spirituality through Physical Education and Sports: Learning from "Eastern Movement Forms". Opening Keynote address of The 12th International Conference on Children's Spirituality entitled: Spirituality and Physicality: Crossing Thresholds. 1st – 5th July 2012. School of Education and Lifelong Learning and Centre for Spirituality and Religion in Education. University of East Anglia, Norwich UK.

Brown, D.H.K., & Aldous, D. (2011) Strong structuration theory in educational research. Staff Research Lecture at the School of Lifelong learning, University of East Anglia, Norwich UK.

Brown, D.H.K., Aldous, D. (2010) Strong structuration theory in educational research. Keynote presented at La Evaluación Formativa en el Contexto Internacional de la Convergencia Europea: V Congreso Internacional de Evaluación Formativa en Docencia Universitaria. Universidad de Alcalá, Quadalajara, Spain, September 2010.

Brown, D.H.K., & Jennings, G. (2009) Social perspectives of tradition martial arts practice. Total Control! Martial Arts and Science. The Dana Centre, The Science Museum, London. February 24th 2009. (Presented by David Brown)

Brown, D.H.K. (2007) Quality in Publishing: A Qualitative Perspective. Journal Quality Conference. Valencia, Spain. October. (Invited Keynote).

Brown, D.H.K.(2007) Invited lecture: A Multi-dimensional approach to change with regards to training teachers for physical education and physical activity. PE PAYS lecture series, University of Limerick.

Brown, D.H.K. (2006) ¿Una economía de las prácticas de género? Aprendiendo a enseñar la educación física desde la perspectiva de la sociología corporal de Pierre Bourdieu. Universidad de Almeria, Spain.  

Brown, D.H.K. (2006) Holistic Bodies? (What) Can we learn from Eastern movement forms in physical education? Universitat de Valencia.

Brown, D.H.K. (2005) The body, culture and transmission in physical activity: Considering the example of the traditional martial arts. La Formación De Los Educadores De Las Actividades Físico-Deportivas Extraescolares (pp. 23-36). La Universidad de Valladolid, Palenica, Spain. (Invited keynote).


Teaching and Supervision

Module Leadership
SSP5062 Sociocultural Issues in Sport; SSp6062 Sport and culture; SSP7027 Sport and sociocultural change.

PhD supervision – current
Rhiannon Lord The embodied experiences of trampoline gymnasts: an ethnographic study. (Co-Supervisor).

Christian Edwards: An exploration into the social significance of humour in the complex interaction of coaching relationships. (Co-Supervisor)

Valeria lo Lacono: Dance as living and experienced cultural heritage: a transcultural Ethnochoreology of Raqs Sharqi. (Director of Studies)

Paul Symonds: Wayfinding as embodied activity:  Learning from the traveller’s experience. (Director of Studies)

PhD supervision - previous
Beaumont, Emily (2011)  The Local Surfer: Issues of Identity and Community within South East Cornwall. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Exeter, Exeter.

Jennings, George (2010) Through the Long-Term Practice of Traditionalist Chinese Martial Arts Fighters, Thinkers, and Shared Cultivation: Experiencing Transformation. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Exeter, Exeter.

Aldous, David Rhys (2010) Critical Reflection on the Student Experience of Equal Possibilities not Restricted Opportunity: A 'Vocational' Transition within the Field of Sport Education. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Exeter, Exeter.

Leledaki, A. (2007). Inner and Outer Journeys: A Qualitative Life History of Modern Yoga and Meditation as Body-Self-Transforming Pedagogies. Unpublished PhD, University of Exeter, Exeter.


Qualifications and Awards

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

PhD (Sociology of Physical Education)

MPhil (Education) 

BA Ed (Physical Education with French) 


External Links

Book Reviews Editor for Qualitative Research in and Sport and Exercise

Co-editor Revista Pedagogica ADAL

Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas


Sporting / Coaching Profile