Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology



First Advisor

Kyle Kusz


My thesis is a critical examination of the cultural practices of the University of Rhode Island’s Kinesiology department 2010-2012, which produces particular norms for what constitutes Kinesiological knowledge. Through the use of the qualitative methods of autoethnography, poetics, a British Cultural Studies optic on the study of everyday cultures, and Foucault’s theory of disciplinary power I attempt to illuminate how a positivistic quantitative Exercise Science way of knowing and studying human movement gets normalized as the privileged form of Kinesiology department. My thesis critically examines my unique experiences as an Exercise Science turned Physical Cultural Studies student as a way of better understanding the way in which ES normative practices (re)create moment by moment a ‘common sense’ way of thinking and doing Kinesiology in hopes of disrupting and contesting those norms.



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