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Action, Movement, and Culture: Does Culture Shape Movement?

Blandine Bril

The Big Idea

In shorthand, this paper is both WEIRD and weird.  In longhand, it is about the impact of cultural constraints on motor habits.  In a sentence: It is weird that the scientific community regularly assumes that Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) peoples are solely representative of humankind.

This paper by Blandine Bril was published in Kinesiology Review in 2018.  Bril’s question is a simple one:  Are there “motor styles” common to members of a given cultural group?  Her answer is “Yes.”  She argues that...

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