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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Connecting people through sports (Commission on the Anthropology of Sports)


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: from 28 Aug 11:00 to 29 Aug 12:45


Room 1.71

Sports has been, currently and thorough its history from the 19th century, an arena where people are simultaneously connected and isolated, exercise their solidarity and fighting for their supremacy. Many groups and individuals use sportive practices and events in order to improve their visibility, to claim their identities, and to share experiences through the world. Not only a place of confrontations, sports also connect people from different backgrounds and create new networks. In an environment of competitions and rivalry, sport practitioners sharing some goals, constraints, and sense of solidarity (between teammates, for example) can become a community of practice, in a short or long term. How do people and groups build their identities and networks through sportive events and practices? How dimensions of competitions and solidarities in sports are articulated by individuals and groups, spectators and practitioners, to create new kinds of communities? Did an Anthropology of sports can allow a new understanding of the concept of "relationship"? In this panel, our aim is also to create a place where the concepts of "solidarity" and "connection" can be articulated in two different ways among scholars. In the first sense, by connecting researches from different countries and theoretical perspectives, in a possible more collective and comparative studies. In the second sense, focusing primarily on the political dimension of sportive practices, connecting different areas (gender, identities, and others) of interest of the Anthropology of Sports, around a common theme.


  • 28 Aug 11:00 - 12:45 P 15.1
    • Dr. Rojo, Luiz (Universidade Federal Fluminense)
    • Dr. Soldani, Jérôme (Universite Paul Vallery)
  • 28 Aug 13:45 - 15:30 P 15.2
    • Dr. Rojo, Luiz (Universidade Federal Fluminense)
    • Dr. Soldani, Jérôme (Universite Paul Vallery)
  • 29 Aug 11:00 - 12:45 P 15.3
    • Dr. Rojo, Luiz (Universidade Federal Fluminense)
    • Dr. Soldani, Jérôme (Universite Paul Vallery)

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Rugby has long been recognized as men’s sports. One reason is, rugby has developed among public schools in England. In this situation, rugby was played by boys. Rugby team₋work had been used as a metaphor for well-organized companies in Japan. Sweat and power were symbolic of men; until recently rugby was the image of men’s sports. However, now, women have advanced in many sports, even in ru ... More
Presented by Prof. Eiko Hara KUSABA on 28/8/2019 at 13:45
Swimming is a sport that takes an incredible amount of commitment from youth, parents, and coaches. Spending such an extended period of time with the same people—between 3 hours and 25 hours training per week, not to mention the all weekend long competitions—youth swimmers developed friendships and consociate relations (Dyck 2002) with their fellow swimmers, as one would with work colleagues o ... More
Presented by Sean HEATH on 28/8/2019 at 10:00
Young women from lower social strata represent one of the most unprivileged groups in Brazilian society, especially when they are black, indigenous, from North, Northeast or Southeast of Brazil. They are likely to suffer from forms of stigmatization for their social origin, gender and skin color, have smaller educational and professional perspectives and are more likely to be victims to certain il ... More
Presented by Julia HASS on 28/8/2019 at 11:40
This paper examines the processes of solidarity in which black, white, and mestiço (mixed race) football players engaged as they migrated from Portugal’s African territories to the metropole from roughly the 1940s until the end of the colonial period in 1975. Once in the metropole, I argue that provenance served as a durable social bond, transcending, eroding, or at least tempering social, raci ... More
Presented by Dr. Tod CLEVELAND on 28/8/2019 at 14:25
In this paper, we focus on researching the issue of female solidarity in fitness in Serbia. In the light of the body positivity debate, which suggests that each body should be celebrated and accepted, we address questions that stem from position of women who practice fitness in Serbia. As opposed to more traditional global beauty ideals (skinny, mannequin figure), the new female fitness body is a ... More
Presented by Nevena MILANOVIĆ
Recreational running and hiking is not a new phenomenon, but over the past decade it has become an increasingly popular leisure-time activity with people covering longer distances. Running and walking events such as ultra-trails and thru-hikes, but also heritage runs and/or walks are growing in numbers. Not only are trails longer in distance, the way in which people engage with these recreational ... More
Presented by Eilis LANCLUS on 29/8/2019 at 11:20
Sports are as much a provider of memories as sensations, both linked, which are powerful markers of belonging to multiple levels, for an individual as for a group. It is not only about opposition through confrontations, punctual or regular, because to play according to the same rules is to share a moment, a space, a memory in common. Choosing to favor a sport other than the one favored by neighbor ... More
Presented by Dr. Jérôme SOLDANI on 28/8/2019 at 11:00
Recent studies of football fandom demonstrate that interaction between hardcore fans does not always boil down to a binary contest of ‘us’ and ‘them’. The mechanisms employed by football supporters in order to structure and define ‘others’ are complex, often based on current cultural, and socio-economic contexts. The paper addresses the question of solidarity or ‘imagined brotherhood ... More
Presented by Julia AMATUNI on 28/8/2019 at 11:20
The movement “Lend my legs” began in Santos, a city in Sao Paulo’s coast (Brazil), in 2016, when three young men with cerebral paralysis asked a couple to participate in a street runner. This couple, who were volunteers in a social project for people with disabilities and amateur street runners, satisfied this request, invited a person more and lent their legs, pushing those three youth in t ... More
Presented by Dr. Luiz Fernando ROJO on 28/8/2019 at 14:05
The aim of my paper is to analyze the connection of the Polish practitioners of brazilian jiu-jitsu with the global community of trainees through the virtual circulation of the techniques (as the body practices) by the Internet and its consequences for the local form of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and the local training process. Referring to the conducted fieldwork, learning the mentioned martial art turn ... More
Presented by Karol GÓRSKI on 28/8/2019 at 14:45
In Brazilian context football is a sport modality made by men and understood from their perspective. The discourses on the presence of women advance, almost always, in three directions: a) describing them as naturally docile and fragile beings (considered as essentially female aspects), and focused on motherhood; b) questioning women's sexuality under homophobic arguments; c) establishing arbitrar ... More
Presented by Dr. Mariane DA SILVA PISANI on 29/8/2019 at 11:00
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