Anthropological perspectives on sport in general
Besnier, N. 2012. Sport, Modernity, and the Body. Annual Review of Anthropology 41: 443-459.
Carter, T. 2002. On the Need for an Anthropological Approach to Sport. Identities 9 (3): 405–422.
Sport, body, and the self
Hanold, M. T. 2010. Beyond the Marathon: (De)Construction of Female Ultrarunning Bodies. Sociology of Sport Journal 27 (2): 160-177
Reischer, E.L. 2001. Running to the moon: The articulation and construction of self in marathon runners. Anthropology of Consciousness 12 (2):19–34.
Sport and social divisions
Abbas, A. 2004. The embodiment of class, gender and age through leisure: A realist analysis of long-distance running. Leisure Studies 23: 159-1 75.
Atkinson, M. 2008. Triathlon, suffering and exciting significance. Leisure Studies 27: 165-180.
Sport, ritual and superstition
Gmelch, G. 1992. Superstition and Ritual in American Baseball. Elysian Fields Quarterly 11 (3): 25-36.
Schatzberg, M. G. 2006. Soccer, Science, and Sorcery: Causation in African Football. Africa Spectrum 41 (3): 351–369.
Sport, nationalism, and glo(c/b)alisation
Appadurai, A. 1995. Playing With Modernity: the Decolonization of Indian Cricket. In C. Breckenridge (ed.) Consuming Modernity: Public Culture in a South Asian World.
DaMatta, R. 2009. Sport in Society: An Essay on Brazilian Football. Vibrant 6 (2): 98-120.
Sport and megaevents
Arning, C. 2013. Soft power, ideology and symbolic manipulation in Summer Olympic Games opening ceremonies: a semiotic analysis. Social Semiotics 23 (4): 523-544.
Kennelly, J. 2015. ‘You’re making our city look bad’: Olympic security, neoliberal urbanization, and homeless youth. Ethnography 16 (1): 3–24.
All course participants are expected to read the required readings, attend lectures, take active part in seminar discussions and make a presentation in the seminar, submit weekly “reflection papers” (5 altogether), as well as write the final research paper.
Upon completion of the course students will be familiar with a variety of theoretical approaches to the study of sports, understand how contemporary sports are intertwined with individual and collective identities, and have an overview of the methodological approaches available for anthropologists in the study of sports.
Blanchard, K. 1995. The Anthropology of Sport: An Introduction
Cashmore, E. 2010. Making Sense of Sports.
Jarvie, G. 2006. Sport, Culture, and Society: An Introduction
Molnar, G., and J. Kelly, J. 2013. Sport, Exercise and Social Theory.
Sands, R. (ed) 1999. Anthropology, Sport and Culture.
Sands, R., and L. Sands (eds) 2010. The Anthropology of Sport and Human Movement: A Biocultural Perspective
Assigned readings for this course will be elaborated in the annual programme plan.
Scale 0-5. In evaluation all the assignments will be considered, self-evaluation will be recommended.
Interactive seminars, lectures, student presentations, small group discussion of assigned readings, and final essay. Learning is evaluated on a 1-5 scale.