New Book—“The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, Biopolitics”


I took a quick look through the index of The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, Biopolitics—a collection of critical essay on sports through an anthropological lens—by Niko Besnier, Susan Brownell, Thomas F. Carter, and saw that the book includes topics related to baseball, cricket, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, with references to the Caribbean in general. William W. Kelly (Yale University) writes, “It is comprehensive and lucid, inspiring and field-defining. Read this book and never again will you be able to deny the centrality of sport to our core anthropological concerns of body dynamics, gender, ritual, nationalism, globality, media, and more.”

Description: Few activities bring together physicality, emotions, politics, money, and morality as dramatically as sport. In Brazil’s stadiums or China’s parks, on Cuba’s baseball diamonds or Fiji’s rugby fields, human beings test their physical limits, invest emotional energy, bet money, perform witchcraft, and ingest substances. Sport is a microcosm of what life is about. The Anthropology of Sport explores how sport both shapes and is shaped by the social, cultural, political, and historical contexts in which we live. Core themes discussed in this book include the body, modernity, nationalism, the state, citizenship, transnationalism, globalization, and gender and sexuality.

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