In general parlance, the term prism is used figuratively to refer to the points of clarification or insight realized by thinking through/within a particular viewpoint. With this understanding in mind, our goal is to identify and acknowledge key PCS Prisms: the influential works (in empirical, theoretical, axiological, and/or methodological terms) whose insights and clarifications contribute in important ways to PCS’s derivation, present focus, and future development.
Clearly, the establishment of PCS Prisms is, necessarily, both a collective and contentious process. This is because there are likely to be significant differences of opinion regarding the influence, or otherwise, of a particular work on the PCS project. Having said that, the very process of identifying commonly agreed works that have been integral to the derivation, focus, and development of PCS, is a valuable process for all concerned.
For this reason, part of role of journal club each semester (realistically 1-2 times per semester) will be to deliberate over the status and influence of specific works as potential PCS Prisms. To this end, nominations for PCS Prism status will be submitted by PCS graduate students, and subsequently considered by the entire PCS community. Books, edited books, book chapters, and journal articles will all be considered for nomination. Nominations will take the form of 1,000 word essays (justifying the nomination) developed by at least two PCS graduate students, and circulated to PCS faculty and students. This essay is allied to a brief presentation made during the PCS journal club following the circulation of the nomination essay. The group will then vote on the nomination, and, if successful, the work will be accepted and acknowledged as a PCS Prism.
Should the nomination process be successful, the work will be cited on this web page as a PCS Prism, along with the date of nomination, the names of the nominees, and a link to their nomination essays. The authors of successfully nominated works will also be contacted and informed of their acknowledgement as a PCS Prism They will also be provided with a suitable (if modest) token of our appreciation for their contribution to our intellectual growth.
List of PCS Prisms
2. Ingham, A. G. (1985). From public issue to personal trouble: Well-being and the fiscal crisis of the state. Sociology of Sport Journal, 2(1), 43-55.
Samuel Bernstein and Caitlin Brauer successfully nominated Alan Ingham’s journal article in their
5. Lather, P. (1986). Research as praxis. Harvard Educational Review, 56(3), 257-277. Julie Maier and Stephanie Cork successfully nominated the fifth PCS Prism with their presentation "Art of Becoming: Praxis, Performativity and the Gender (feminism?) Question in PCS", made on September 28, 2012.
6. Latham, A., & McCormack, D. P. (2010). Globalizations big and small: Notes on urban studies, Actor-Network Theory, and geographical scale. In I. Farias & T. Bender (Eds.), Urban Assemblages: How Actor-Network Theory Changes Urban Studies (pp. 53-72). London: Routledge. Latham and McCormack's book chapter became the sixth , following Jake Bustad and Oliver J.C. Rick's nomination in their essay "Tracing a move towards a physical culture in the urban assemblage", presented on October 4, 2013.
7. Warin, M. (2014). Material feminism, obesity science and the limits of discursive critique. Body & Society, 21(4), 48-76 became the seventh successful nomination for a PCS Prism when, on September 29, 2015, Katie Esmonde and Meir Lewin presented their essay "Feminist Materialism Within Physical Cultural Studies ".
8. Mills, C. W. (1959). The sociological imagination. London: Oxford University Press. On April 10, 2018, Anna Posbergh and Sam Clevenger presented their essay "On ‘Reimagining’ Obesity for the Field of Kinesiology", leading to Mill's book becoming the eighth successful nomination for a PCS Prism.