Full-text resources of PSJD and other databases are now available in the new Library of Science.
Visit https://bibliotekanauki.pl


Preferences help
enabled [disable] Abstract
Number of results
2010 | 49 | 1 | 65-71

Article title

Analyzing Body Values in the Context of Postmodern Youth Education. A Comparative Study Between Italy, Latvia and Romania


Title variants

Languages of publication



Nowadays, research on the body and the values it embodies is considered fundamental in the research field of sport studies. There is a correlation between the choice of values preferred by youth and changes taking place in contemporary society. The postmodern society is a society in which body values prevail over all other ones; the type of body values dominant in a capitalist society are mostly those which are connected to the hedonistic, esthetic and emotional dimension of the body itself.Starting from this background, this study aims to draw the hierarchy of body values, focusing on sport sciences students at Italian, Latvian and Romanian universities, who will be future educators and professionals of body care and well-being in the European society, in order to understand their preferences and the possible cultural differences that can emerge from the three societies.To carry out the research, a randomized sample of 300 subjects - female and male students (100 per country) - attending first-, second- and third-year sport sciences courses at the University of Rome "Foro Italico", the Latvian Academy of Sport Education in Riga, and Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca were selected.The students' values hierarchy was obtained through a Likert-scale-based questionnaire adapted and translated into Italian, Latvian and Romanian. The aim of the questionnaire was to detect the level of agreeability or disagreeability shown by each student when presented with words regarding 10 main body values models: biological body; ecological body; instrumental body; dynamic/sporting body, emotional/social body; ethical body; esthetical body; religious body; intellectual body; pleasure body.The data obtained were statistically processed and compared. The results showed that the hierarchy of body values in young students of sports sciences is broadly in line with those of postmodern society and education, and that there are differences in the perception of values among students due to cultural differences and the traditions of the societies in which they live. The research also highlighted the need to develop a more effective moral education, one that focuses on ethics, in the curricula of the three universities studied.










Physical description


1 - 10 - 2010
16 - 12 - 2010


  • University of Rome "Foro Italico"
  • Latvian Academy of Sport Education
  • Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca
  • Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca
  • University of Rome "Foro Italico"
  • University of Rome "Foro Italico"


  • Ābele, A. (2005). The development of values in a study process. Sbornik mezinarodni conference (pp. 178-186). Praha.
  • Cesares García, P. (1995). Test de valores: un instrumento para la evaluación. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 203, 513-537.
  • Cole, C. (2007). Body studies. In J. Coakley, E. Dunning (Eds). Handbook of sports studies (pp. 439-460). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Fernandez-Balboa, M. (Ed) (1997). Critical postmodernism in human movement, physical education and sport. Albany: SUNY.
  • Fullat, O. (2003). Le parole del corpo. A cura di di E. Isidori. Anicia: Roma.
  • Gervilla, E. (2000). Valores del cuerpo educando. Barcelona: Herder.
  • Gardner, H. (2006). Multiple intelligences: new horizons in theory and practice. New York: Basic Books.
  • Gutiérrez Sanmartín, M. (2003). Manual sobre valores en la educación física y el deporte. Barcelona: Paidós.
  • Isidori, E. (2002). La pedagogia come scienza del corpo. Anicia: Roma.
  • Isidori, E. (2009). La pedagogia dello sport. Roma: Carocci
  • Isidori, E., Fraile, A. (2008). Educazione, sport e valori. Un approccio critico-riflessivo. Roma: Aracne.
  • Lyotard, J. F. (1984). The postmodern condition: A report on knowledge. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press.
  • Marcula, P., Pringle, R. (2006). Foucault, Sport and Exercise: Power, Knowledge and Transforming the Self. Routledge: London.
  • Tinning, R. (2010). Pedagogy and Human Movement. Theory. Practice, research. Routledge: New York.

Document Type

Publication order reference


YADDA identifier

JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.