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Remaking the Male Body: Masculinity and the uses of Physical Culture in Interwar and Vichy France

Joan Tumblety


This book is about interwar physical culture as a set of popular practices and as a field of ideas. It takes as its central subject the imagined failure of French manhood that was mapped out in this realm by physical culturist ‘experts’, often physicians. Their diagnosis of intertwined crises in masculine virility and national vitality was surprisingly widely shared across popular and political culture. Theirs was a hygienist and sometimes overtly eugenicist conception of physical exercise and national strength that suggests the persistence of fin-de-siècle preoccupations with biological degen ... More

Keywords: physical culture, masculinity, biological degeneration, eugenics, social hygiene, physicians, sport, popular politics, interwar France, Vichy France

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199695577
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695577.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joan Tumblety, author
Lecturer in History, University of Southampton