Algorithms and platforms in the competitive CrossFit field: two case studies

Author/s Mario de Benedittis
Publishing Year 2024 Issue 2023/66
Language Italian Pages 17 P. 112-128 File size 290 KB
DOI 10.3280/SC2023-066007
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Through two case studies resulting from a multi-year enactive ethnography on competitive CrossFit, the paper analyzes the close relationship between the sportification process of CrossFit and the role of algorithms that are developed and used within the field. Drawing from a Bourdieusian perspective, the paper will be devoted understanding the dynamics that invest the creation and use of platforms and algorithms within the practice of competitive CrossFit and the social field that is being institutionalized around it. We will focus on two areas of practice: one related to automated workout management and the other to the ranking and management of CrossFit competition entry.

Keywords: algorithms; crossfit; social fields; sportification; Bourdieu; enactive ethnography.

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Mario de Benedittis, Algoritmi e piattaforme nel CrossFit competitivo: due studi di caso in "SOCIOLOGIA DELLA COMUNICAZIONE " 66/2023, pp 112-128, DOI: 10.3280/SC2023-066007