Sport and Society-Super Bowl LII

Editor’s Note: “Sport in American History” is excited to cross-post Richard C. Crepeau’s “Sport and Society” column. This post was originally published on February 2, 2018. A full archive of his Crepeau’s columns can be found by clicking here. By Richard C. Crepeau The calendar has turned over another year. The winter solstice has passed. The holiday season is…

Sport and Society-The Nassar Case

Editor’s Note: “Sport in American History” is excited to cross-post Richard C. Crepeau’s “Sport and Society” column. This post was originally published on January 26, 2018. A full archive of his Crepeau’s columns can be found by clicking here. By Richard C. Crepeau The reaction to the statements made by victims at Larry Nassar’s trial has been dramatic…

Dancing Oriental: Performance & Culture in the Early 20th Century

By Aishwarya Ramachandran Postcolonial theorist Edward Said suggested that defining the West through history requires acknowledging the Orient and the special place it holds in the Western experience.[1] The concept of Orientalism, in particular, has accompanied the notion that “the East is a career,” and thus to be interested in the Orient was to have a…

Travel Bans and Walls: A Look Back at Immigration Policy and Sport in 2017

By Paulina A. Rodriguez Burciaga Yesterday, in a discussion over immigration policies with senators and other lawmakers, president Donald Trump reportedly said, in reference to Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” suggesting that the U.S. instead welcome immigrants from countries such as Norway.…

A Year in Review: Nationalism in Sport in 2017

By Sam Winemiller Years down the road, when we reflect upon the intersection of U.S. politics and sport in 2017, the frame that will most likely dominate our remembrance will be that of resistance from athletes against the government and forces in power. Memories of Colin Kaepernick’s continuing efforts for social justice despite conspicuous unemployment,…