David L. Andrews
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David L. Andrews is a Professor within the Physical Cultural Studies Research Group in the Department of Kinesiology. 

His research critically examines physical culture as a complex empirical assemblage (including, but not restricted to, sport, fitness, exercise, recreation, leisure, wellness, dance, and health-related movement practices).  Informed by various understandings of cultural Marxism, Professor Andrews’ approach considers physical culture as both a product and producer of the cultural, social, political, economic, technological, and environmental dimensions of contemporary society.  Among other foci, he analyzes the complex interconnections linking physical culture with the structures and strictures of late capitalism, related systems of neoliberal governance, and the nature of life within the contemporary metropolis.  The overarching aim of this research is to illuminate the ways that active bodies become organised, disciplined, represented, embodied, and/or experienced in mobilising (or corroborating), or at times immobilising (or resisting), the dominant power relations operating within society that differentiate between the empowered and disempowered, the privileged and under-privileged.

Professor Andrews' publications include: Sport-Commerce-Culture: Essays on Sport in Late Capitalist  America (2006. Peter Lang); The Blackwell companion to sport (edited with Ben Carrington, 2013, Blackwell), and Sport and Neoliberalism: Politics, Consumption, and Culture (edited with Michael Silk, 2012, Temple University Press); and, The Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies (edited with Michael Silk and Holly Thorpe, forthcoming, Routledge).  He serves as the associate editor of the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, and on the editorial boards/editoral advisory boards of the Sociology of Sport Journal, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Communication & Sport, Celebrity Studies, and Leisure Studies.  In addition, he serves as the co-editor (with Stephen Wagg) of the Global Culture and Sport book series (Palgrave Macmillan).

Key Concepts

Physical cultural studies; sport and (British) cultural studies; uber-sport; sport and late capitalism; sporting neoliberalisms; sport, physical culture, and the contemporary metropolis; sociology of sport; globalization and sport; cultural studies; contemporary cultural theory; for more information please see UMD Physical Cultural Studies website (http://www.umdpcs.org).

Education and Training

Ph.D. (Sociology of Sport).  Department of Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL.  Awarded: October 1993.


M.S. (Sociology of Sport). Department of Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL.  Awarded: January 1991.


B.Ed (Hons.) (Physical Education and History).  College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth, England.  Awarded: June 1985.


KNES 287 Sport and American Society

To some people, sport exists as a realm of popular experience somehow removed or isolated from the forces and pressures that have come to define the rest of society. This course seeks to explode this sporting mythology, by highlighting the extent to which sport is in fact a social construction, which can only be understood in relation to the social forces and relations operating within contemporary America.  As such, this course encourages students to develop a truly sociological sporting imagination, with regard to their perceptions and experiences of the necessary interrelationship between sport culture and the forces, institutions, and processes, structuring contemporary American society.  In doing so, this course focuses on: the relationship between sport and political, economic, and cultural institutions; the effects of commodifying, corporatizing, mass-mediating, and globalizing processes on the structure contemporary sport; the influence contemporary sport culture has on the shaping of particular of class, race, gender, age, and nation-based bodies, identities, and experiences; and, the various collective groupings–subcultural, community, national, and global–through which sport is organized and experienced within contemporary life.

KNES 289Y The [In]Active City: The Physical Cultures of Metropolitan Baltimore

This course critically examines the health and well-being of the contemporary American city, as embodied and expressed in the physical cultures of its citizens. Using Baltimore as the focus of a case study approach, the course identifies and analyzes the individual preferences, collective patterns, and institutional formations of physical activity (including sport, exercise, fitness, wellness, recreation, and movement related practices) evidenced within this illustrative metropolitan American context.  Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, the course highlights the various factors (social, cultural, political, economic, and geographic) that influence the rates, patterns, and practices of physical activity participation among the diverse communities (socio-economic, racial, and ethnic) inhabiting today's varied city spaces (urban, suburban, and exurban).

These complexly inter-related factors influencing physical (in)activity structures, patterns, and experiences include, but are certainly not restricted to: socio-demographics; communal norms; the built environment; local, federal, and state public policy; park and recreation provision; educational institutions and programming; healthcare delivery; policing and security imperatives; elite/professional sport entities; commercial and corporate concerns; and, the dictates of the broader political economy. In developing a synthetic understanding of [in]active Baltimore, the course encourages the future formulation of formative strategies and policies designed to enhance the physical health and well-being of the contemporary American city, and its constitutive citizenry.

KNES 485 Sport and Globalization

Sport is everywhere and, in the truest sense of the words, it is a vibrant cultural universal. However, while sport involvement (both in terms of participation and spectating) could be said to be a globally ubiquitous practice, sport continues to act as a vehicle for the expression of local (in most cases, national or regional) cultural difference. From Argentina to Zimbabwe, sport plays an important role in forming the experiences and identities of people often living in very differing cultural, political, and economic conditions. So, in a very real sense, sport could be said to be both a global and local phenomenon. This course examines the relationship between local sport cultures and the globalizing forces shaping contemporary existence. This necessarily involves highlighting the extent to which contemporary sport cultures are indeed the result of an interplay between local and global forces. Focusing specifically on a broad range of national contexts (including, but not restricted to, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Japan, New Zealand, and India), the course identifies—and seeks to explain—patterns of similarity and difference exhibited between national sporting cultures.

The specific aim of the course is to encourage students to consider how various sport practices, bodies, products, and spectacles, operate and are experienced as manifestations of the global-local nexus. So, by examining sport within differing cultural settings, it becomes evident how contemporary sport cultures are influenced by the workings of global economic, political, and cultural forces, while simultaneously seeking to express local conditions and identities.  Such a cross-cultural examination will hopefully nurture, not only a comparative understanding of various national sport cultures, but also a more nuanced and sensitive understanding of the derivation and experience of cultural difference within the era of globalization.

KNES 689B Physical Cultural Studies

This course is an introduction for graduate students–those both within and outside the area–to the developing intellectual project that is Physical Cultural Studies (henceforth, PCS).  It seeks to develop a nuanced understanding of the derivation, theoretical and methodological elements, empirical foci, political-moral imperatives, and future directions of PCS.  Rather than having them imposed upon them, students are encourage to engage the lecture/seminar structure of the course as a dialogic exercise: one that requires their active contribution to the on-going formation of Physical Cultural Studies.  This is realized through an engagement with the following thematics.  PROJECTS - referring to the purpose, aims, prehistory, and conjoined political/moral imperatives of PCS; PRACTICES - examining the various scales, performances, and forms of empirical involvement with, or engagement in, physical culture; POWER - explicating the conjunctural and contingent operations of power, and the enactment of associative subjectivities, within and through physical culture; PRAXIS – analyzing the critical and reflexive interplay between theory, method, and the empirical as the craft of PCS; and, POSSIBILITIES – pointing to the potential futures of a progressive PCS, both as an individual and collective enterprise.  The aim of the course is for graduate students to develop a more informed understanding of the burgeoning PCS project, and to be able to locate themselves, and their current and/or future research endeavors within it.  The broader objective of this course–and the PCS program of which it is a foundational part–is to produce informed and imaginative researchers committed to moving PCS forward through an adherence to the precepts and process of dialogic inquiry.

KNES 613 Theories of Physical Culture

Critically examines the major social and cultural theories that have been utilized in interpreting the structures, practices, and embodiments, and experiences of physical culture. This course introduces, and hopefully develops a nuanced understanding of the contrasting, and sometimes contradictory, social and cultural theories developed by, amongst other theorists, Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, Norbert Elias, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault. These social and cultural theorists are engaged as exemplars of particular theoretical and ontological positions, in order to provide students with a more diverse and flexible array of interpretive positions from which to critically engage, and hopefully better understand, the physical cultural empirical. Much of the course focuses on a detailed exposition and critical analysis of research studies, focused on, that have engaged and utilized these social and cultural theories, in examining various empirical dimensions of physical culture.  Hence, the course is about introducing students to various frameworks for interpreting the empirical complexity and diversity of physical culture. The course is not intended to privilege one theorist/theoretical/ontological position, over another, rather it is hoped students will gain a broad understanding of them all, and develop a specialist interest in the form of theorizing that work most significantly contributes to their own research agenda.   

KNES 614 Cutural Studies and Physical Culture

As its name implies, the Physical Cultural Studies program at the University of Maryland is centrally concerned with forging a critical, theoretically based, and interventionist understanding of the structure, meaning, and experience of various forms of popular physical culture.  However, it should not be overlooked that cultural studies–and particularly the strand of cultural studies emanating from the University of Birmingham’s groundbreaking Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies and subsequently developed within numerous intellectual settings–represents a significant interpretive, philosophical, and political influence on particular understandings of the Physical Cultural Studies project. 

Despite its empirical breadth, cultural studies has consistently recognized the importance of various aspects of physical culture (particularly sport) to the contested experience of everyday life.  Sport has consistently been a feature of cultural studies research, from Richard Hoggart, through John Clarke, Chas Critcher, and Paul Willis, with Stuart Hall even writing the foreword to John Hargreaves’ Sport, Power, and Culture, to the recent special issue of Cultural Studiesß>Critical Methodologies.  Significantly, cultural studies has also been widely mobilized within the critical sport studies/sociology of sport community; there is, indeed, a plausible argument to be made that the cultural studies project is presently being most presciently and incisively furthered by CL Cole, Ben Carrington, Grant Farred, Mary McDonald, Samantha King et al.  This course seeks to uncover the longstanding and fruitful relationship between cultural studies and physical culture/sport.  The broader aim of this excavation is to contribute to the training of critical, theoretically-informed, and interventionist intellectuals who, through their scholarly exploits and sensibilities, will make a significant contribution to the instantiation, elaboration, and dissemination of the Physical Cultural Studies project.  As such, this course will seek to develop a comprehensive understanding of the primary commitments, constituents, and complexities of Cultural Studies.  

Honors and Awards

2017    Inducted as a Research Fellow in the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.


2011    Research and Scholarship Award (Semester: Spring 2011), University of Maryland 


2010 & 2011    Nominated for the Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, University of Maryland


2006    Inducted as a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) #461


2005    Doris W. Sands Award for Teaching Excellence.  College of Health and Human Performance, University of Maryland, College Park.


Books (Authored)

Andrews, D.L. (2019).  Making Sport Great Again: The Uber-Sport Assemblage, Neoliberalism, and the Trump Conjuncture.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.   


Bush, A., Silk, M.L., Andrews, D.L., & Lauder, H. (2013).  Sports Coaching Research: Context, Consequences, and Consciousness.  London: Routledge.


Andrews, D.L. (2006).   Sport-Commerce-Culture: Essays on Sport in Late Capitalist  America.  New York: Peter Lang




Books (Edited)


Newman, J.I., Thorpe, H. , & Andrews, D.L. (Eds.).  (2020).  Sport, Physical Culture, and the Moving Body: Materialisms, Technologies, Ecologies.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.  

Silk, M.L., Andrews, D.L., & Thorpe, H.  (Eds.). (2017). The Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies.  London: Routledge.

Andrews, D.L. & Carrington, B.  (Eds.). (2013).  The Blackwell companion to sport.  Oxford: Blackwell.

Andrews, D.L., & Silk, M.L. (Eds.). (2012). Sport and neoliberalism: Politics, Consumption, and Culture.  Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Wagg, S., & Andrews, D.L. (2007).  East Meets West: Sport and the Cold War.  London: Routledge. 

Andrews, D.L., Mason, D., & Silk, M.L. (Eds.).  (2005).  Qualitative methods in sport studies.  Oxford: Berg Press. 

Silk, M.L., Andrews, D.L., & Cole, C.L. (Eds). (2005)  Sport and Corporate Nationalisms.  Oxford: Berg Press.  

Jackson, S.J., & Andrews, D.L. (Eds.) (2005).  Sport, culture, and advertising: Identities, commodities, and the politics of representation.  London: Routledge. 

Andrews, D.L. (Ed.).  (2004).  Manchester United: A thematic study.  London; Routledge.

Wilcox, R., Andrews, D.L., & Pitter, R. (Eds.) (2003).  Sporting dystopias: The making and meaning of urban sport cultures.  Albany, NY:  State University of New York Press. 

Andrews, D.L., & Jackson, S. J. (Eds.). (2001). Sport stars: The cultural politics of sport celebrity. London: Routledge. 

Andrews, D.L. (Ed.). (2001). Michael Jordan Inc.: Corporate sport, media culture, and late modern America. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.



Refereed Journal Articles (since 2014)


Brice, J., & Andrews, D.L. (2019).  SheBelieves, but does she? Complicating the Representation of the postfeminist, neoliberal woman.  Leisure Sciences.

Esmonde, K., Cooky, C., & Andrews, D.L. (2018).  Heteronormative Sexuality and Sports Fandom: The Use of Third Wave Feminism.  Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 42(6), 498–518.  

Andrews, D.L., & Ritzer, G. (2018).  Sport and Prosumption.  Journal of Consumer Culture. 18 (2), 356-373.

Andrews, D.L., & Silk, M.L. (2018).  Neoliberalism and sport: An Affective-Ideological Articulation.  Journal of Popular Culture, 51, (2), 511-533. 

Clevenger, S. M., & Andrews, D.L. (2017). ‘A Peaceful Path to’ Healthy Bodies: The Biopolitics of Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City. Urban Planning, 2(4), 5-9.

Waldman, D., Silk, M.L., Andrews, D.L. (2017).  Cloning Colonialism: Residential Development, Transnational Aspiration, and the Complexities of Postcolonial India.  Geoforum. 82, 180-188.

Bustad, J., & Andrews, D.L. (2017).  Policing the Void: Recreation, and Social Inclusion at Baltimore PALS.  Social Inclusion. 5 (2), 241-249.

Filgueira de Almeida,  D.,  de Queiroz e Silva, T.,  Wiggers, I.D.,  Andrews, D.L., & Teixeira e Silva, L.R. (2016).   Is there a sociology of the body in Brazil?   Movimento, 22 (4), 1249-1264.  

DeLuca, J., & Andrews, D.L. (2016).  Exercising Privilege: The Reproduction of the Upper-Middle Class through Swim Club Membership.  Sociological Inquiry, 86 (3), 301-323.

Jette, S., Bhagat, K., & Andrews, D. L. (2016). Governing the child-citizen: ‘Let's Move!’ as national biopedagogy. Sport, Education and Society21 (8), 1109-1126.

Wiest, A., Andrews, D.L., & Giardina,  (2015).  Training the Body for Healthism: Reifying Vitality In and Through the Clinical Gaze of the Neoliberal Fitness Club.  Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 37 (1), 21-40.

Esmonde, K.S., Cooky, C., & Andrews, D.L. (2015).  “It’s Supposed to be About the Love of the Game, Not the Love of Aaron Rodgers’ Eyes”: Towards a Third Wave Feminist Analysis of Sports.  Sociology of Sport Journal, 32, (1), 22-48.

Andrews, D. L. (2015). Assessing the sociology of sport: On the hopes and fears for the sociology of sport in the US. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 50(4-5), 368-374.

Silk, M., Francombe, J., & Andrews, D.L. (2014). The corporate constitution of national culture: The mythopeia of 1966.  Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 28 (5), 719-735.

Grainger, A.D, Rick, O.J.C., Andrews, D.L. (2014). Bound to the nation: Pacific Islands rugby and the IRB's new ‘one-country-for-life’ eligibility rules.  Sport in Society, 17 (7), 977-991.

Silk, M.S., Francombe, J.M. & Andrews, D.L.  (2014).  Slowing the Social Sciences of Sport: On the Possibilities of Physical Culture.  Sport in Society, 17 (10), 1266–1289.

Andrews, D.L., Bustad, J., & Clevenger, S. (2014).  Spectacles of Sporting Otherness and American Imaginings, 1880-1920.  International Journal of the History of Sport.

Andrews, D.L., Maddox, C., & Silk, M.L..  (2014).  Sport, Glocalization, and the New Indian Middle Class.  International Journal of Cultural Studies, 17 (3), 258-275.