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Contribution Round table
Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 1.43
Constructing solidarities through sports [Commission on the Anthropology of Sports]
The purpose of this roundtable is to connect two meanings of the topic of this congress. We will discuss how sports has contributed to the construction of solidarities around the world in many different ways. Fans and athletes of many sportive clubs cross countries and continents to work and develop networks. Indigenous people, LGBT, nudists, among other groups, organize sportive events where they strengthen ties and their organizations. Amateur runners participate in proofs organized to collaborate with social causes and movements, among hundreds of other similar initiatives. At the same time, investigations about sportive events such as the “Military World Championships” and the “Maccabiah Games” or the group “Athletes of Christ”, can contribute to problematize the scope of meanings of “solidarity”, when it is used to promote only “internal solidarities” excluding “others”. The diversity of themes presents in panels related to sports, proposed in this Inter-Congress, shows that those who investigated in this field raised these kinds of questions with acuity and associating them with other anthropological areas such as tourism, globalization, religion, and human rights. But, if these examples show the construction of solidarities “through” sports, there are almost no investigations about solidarities “in” sports. This roundtable has the task of going beyond the common-sense association of sports with competitiveness and rivalry, while leisure would be related to friendship and freedom, stimulating that this analysis be made from the point of view of those actors, especially in high performance sports.