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Research Line 1

Physical Education, Physical Activity, Sport, and Cultural Manifestations

This line of research investigates the role of physical activities in the context of clashes between social exclusion and inclusion. Sociocultural phenomena such as prejudices and stereotypes and the economic and social determinants of the practice of physical activities constitute topics of investigation. Investigates sport as a sociocultural phenomenon and the consequences of sporting practices in their complex relationships with society. It seeks a plural look at the role of physical activities, considering the diversities and contradictions of social dynamics; it problematizes human relations, considering the principles of exclusion/inclusion and issues that address violence and health with expanded concepts. The broad themes of physical activities include school physical education, violence, racism, gender issues, aging, social sports projects, and sustainable development. Professors Carlos Alberto Figueiredo da Silva, Renata de Sá Osborne da Costa, Roberto Ferreira dos Santos, Martha Lenora Copolillo work in this Line of Research, with the following projects in progress: Ethnic-racial relations, gender, physical education, and sport: established meanings and founders (responsible: Prof. Carlos A. Figueiredo da Silva); Physical Education and sport for sustainable development and peace (responsible: Prof. Renata Osborne); Educational processes in inclusion/exclusion networks: physical education, body, curricula and teacher training (responsible: Prof. Martha Copolillo); Physical Education, sport and violence (responsible: Prof. Roberto F. Santos); Physical activity, development and innovation: sociocultural aspects and their implications in the academic, sporting and technological fields (responsible: Prof. Carlos A. Figueiredo da Silva).


Carlos Alberto Figueiredo da Silva. He carries out research on the topics of ethnic-racial and gender relations in Physical Activities, Physical Education and Sport. His studies seek to understand and analyze the universe of meanings shared by different social actors regarding ethnic-racial relations. The scope of this study includes the relationships and interference of religious beliefs, the discrimination and prejudices suffered by minority groups, the ideologies present in schools, in communities and the influence they exert on the construction of pedagogical projects, daily school life and demonstrations. of intolerance and disrespect for diversity, the legal context and local issues. He also develops studies in the area of management and innovation in the field of physical activities.


Renata de Sá Osborne da Costa. Researches the field of physical activities and relationships with sustainable development and peace. Physical Education and sport have often developed in the wrong direction. However, they have a significant role to play in contributing to the sustainable development goals of the 2030 Agenda, led by the United Nations. Through qualitative or mixed research, we investigate how Physical Education and sport in formal and non-formal environments can contribute to sustainable development and peace.


​Roberto Ferreira dos Santos. Develops research on the topic of violence in Sports, Physical Education and Physical Activities. The aim is to study the most varied environments in which sport is present: school, clubs and informal education and the possible manifestations of violence, whether explicitly manifested or concealed by apparently unpretentious behaviors. Norbert Elias's framework is used due to the issue of the configurational approach being central to the author's work and still quite contemporary. Furthermore, still based on the author's reference, the concept of disgust threshold guides the reflections of the studies developed.


Martha Lenora Copolillo. Develops research woven with theoretical/methodological threads and everyday life. Studies of Corporeities in multiple sociocultural networks, emphasizing daily school life. Investigations that take “the body” as a central signifier to think about the relationships of Physical Activities, Physical Education with curricula, with teacher training and with the processes of inclusion and exclusion, permeated by various themes that are evident in the contemporary society. Studies with the media and the epistemologies of images are also included.

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