WORLD ANTHROPOLOGICAL UNION

CONGRESS 2024​

SELECTED PANEL

( pn111 )

Reimagining Anthropological Knowledge About Sport: Developing the perspectives, practices, and power within the Anthropology of Sport

Organizers

    Thomas Carter

    United Kingdom

    University of Brighton

    Face to Face/ On Site - Presence

    Livia Savelkova

    Czechia

    University of Pardubice

    Online - Presence

IUAES Affiliation: Anthropology of Sports

Keywords:

sport, theory, ethnography, practice, performance

Abstract:

Sport has been an object of anthropological enquiry for the entire existence of the discipline. For the majority of anthropology’s existence, however, sport, games, and play have been ancillary interests to anthropologists. However, with the coming of the twenty first century, sport is increasingly an object of interest for anthropologists given the presumed universality of sport around the world and the various ways in which people play games. These emergent anthropological studies of sport incorporate a range of theoretical developments while holding to ethnographic standards wherever fieldwork takes anthropologists. Both anthropological and sporting practices have evolved and the approaches to studying sport have changed with them. Over the past two decades, anthropologists have examined sport intersects and informs topics dealing with • Indigenous sport and games • Identity Politics • Body, Embodiment, and Becoming • Nation Building • Global Capitalism • Mega-events • Politics of Spectacle and Performance • International Development (Sport for Development and Peace) • Global Media and Representation • Governance and Citizenship Clearly, sport has grown as an object of study as various paradigmatic shifts and current debates in anthropology have proliferated. What interests us are explorations into the different approaches, theoretical, methodological, ethical, and epistemological to how anthropologists study sport so that we can learn about human beings and our worlds by concentrating on how we play and the ways in which we constrain the ways we play.