The Sound of Sports

The intense squeaking of rubber shoes moving across a polished maple floor, the hard blow of a racquet hitting a fibrous felt ball, and the crisp sound of iron skates carving through the ice – distinctive sounds and noises are a major part of how humans experience certain sports and in all sporting contexts sounds […]

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Moving Like a Swimmer

This post is written by Canadian anthropologist Sean Heath. Sean is a graduate from Simon Fraser University where he conducted research on Canadian youth swimmers’ social and bodily experiences in a highly competitive athletic environment. by Sean Heath “You love it. Your heart is in it. If you leave you really miss it, unless you […]

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Competing in the Shadow of Colonialism

With thousands of spectators watching, muscular members of New Zealand’s national rugby team stand in front of their opponents chanting energetically, moving their bodies aggressively and making intimidating facial expressions as part of the haka, a ritual Polynesian dance they perform before each game. The haka reflects the team’s and country’s indigenous Maori roots; it […]

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Seeing Like a Football Team

In recent years, technological systems and statistical data have become an inherent part of professional football. Goal-line technology that uses cameras to detect if the ball crosses the line is now an integrated element of the game. Similarly, an increasing number of football teams have started to rely upon technological systems and statistics in order […]

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Mountains that Preside without Pity

Each July, the French countryside becomes a spectacle, as 198 men move their suffering bodies across the landscape as part of the annual cycling race Tour de France. With an entourage of journalists, spectators, and sponsors following the riders along the roadways and a worldwide television audience watching, the race has turned into a ´mega […]

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