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Sport, dance, and embodied identities
Dyck, Noel.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Berg, 2003.
Physical Description:
ix, 253 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction-- embodied identities : reshaping social life through sport and dance / Noel Dyck and Eduardo Archetti -- Bodying forth a room for everyone : inclusive recreational badminton in Copenhagen / Sally Anderson -- Embodying success : identity and performance in children's sport / Noel Dyck -- Embodied play and gender identities in competitive handball for children in Norway / Harald Beyer Broch -- Long-distance football support and liminal identities among Norwegian fans / Hans Hognestad -- 'Ladies, just follow his lead!' ; salsa, gender and identity / Heike Wieschiolek -- Aikido body : expressions of group identities and self-discovery in martial arts training / Tamara Kohn -- Embodiment of male identities : alliances and cleavages in Salvadorean football / Henrik Ronsbo -- Irish body in motion : moral politics, national identity and dance / Helena Wulff -- Football, nation and identity : German miracles in the postwar era / Werner Krauss -- Playing football and dancing tango : embodying Argentina in movement, style and identity / Eduardo P. Archetti -- Michezo : dance, sport and politics in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania / Anne Leseth.
Reading Level:
1440 Lexile.

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Sport and dance command the passions and devotion of countless athletes, dancers and fans worldwide. Although conventionally thought to reside within separate social realms, these two embodied cultural forms are revealed in this benchmark volume to share a vital capacity to constitute and express identities through their practiced movements and scripted forms. Thus, the work of choreographers and coaches along with the performances of dancers and athletes offer not merely entertainment and aesthetic accomplishment but also powerful means for celebrating existing social arrangements and cultural ideals or, alternately, for imagining and advocating new ones.Drawing on a wide selection of sport and dance activities from around the world, this book elucidates the ways in which embodied performances both mirror and reshape social life. It traces, for example, how football, salsa and tango can each be employed to articulate or rewrite national and gender identities. Also examined are children's sport and the dynamics by which immigration and cultural integration, along with the socialization of children and youth, may be directed through the organization of community sport. The volume investigates the marshalling of sport and dance in settings from Africa to Ireland as vehicles for framing moral issues that revolve around the appropriate use, protection and exhibition of the body. This innovative study establishes the paradoxical fashion in which dance and sport can unite certain people and communities while at the same time serving exclusionary and nationalistic purposes.

Author Notes

Noel Dyck Professor of Social Anthropology,Simon Fraser University Eduardo P. Archetti Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
1 Introduction
Embodied Identities: Reshaping Social Life Through Sport and DanceNoel Dyck and Eduardo Archetti
Part I Training Children's Bodies and Selves
2 Bodying Forth a Room for Everyone: Inclusive Recreational Badminton inCopenhagenSally Anderson
3 Embodying Success: Identity and Performance in Children's SportNoel Dyck
4 Embodied Play and Gender Identities in Competitive Handball for Children inNorwayHarald Beyer Broch
Part II Reshaping Adult Identities
5 Long-distance Football Support and Liminal Identities Among Norwegian FansHans Hognestad
6 'Ladies, Just Follow His Lead!': Salsa, Gender and IdentityHeike Wieschiolek
7 The Aikido Body: Expressions of Group Identities and Self-Discovery inMartial Arts TrainingTamara Kohn
8 The Embodiment of Male Identities: Alliances and Cleavages in SalvadoreanFootballHenrik Ronsbo
Part III Embodying the National
9 The Irish Body in Motion: Moral Politics, National Identity and DanceHelena Wulff
10 Football, Nation and Identity: German Miracles in the Post-war EraWerner Krauss
11 Playing Football and Dancing Tango: Embodying Argentina in Movement,Style and IdentityEduardo Archetti
12 Michezo: Dance, Sport and Politics in Dar-es-Salaam, TanzaniaAnne Leseth/toc
Notes on Contributors|$$$$$$$$$$$$> Sally Anderson is a Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, Universityof Copenhagen. She has conducted ethnographic research in Scandinavia for threedecades, including initial work on Saami identity and cultural revitalization. Herbook, I en klasse for sig (In a Class of Their Own) (2000) examines cognitive andinteractional models afforded by the organization of ongoing class groups in Danishgrade schools. Her doctoral dissertation, Civilizing Children: Children's sport andcivil sociality in Denmark, explores the political and moral organization of children'ssport.Eduardo P. Archetti is a Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo.He has written extensively on society and culture in Argentina and Ecuador. He hasalso investigated the meaning of sport and dance for national representations andidentities. His most recent books are Guinea Pigs. Food, Symbol and Conflict ofKnowledge in Ecuador (1997), Masculinities: Football, Polo and the Tango inArgentina (1999) and El potrero, la pista y el ring. Las patrias del deporte argentino(2001). He has extensive experience of both playing football and dancing tango.Harald Beyer Broch is an Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at theUniversity of Oslo. He has conducted field research in Indonesia, Canada and Norwayand is the author of Growing Up Agreeably: Bonerate Childhood Observed (1990),Woodland Trappers: Hare Indians of Northwestern Canada.(1998), and JanganLupa: An Experiment in Cross Cultural Understanding (2002). He competed at thenational level in Norway in cross-country skiing as a junior and, as an adult, was anelite middle distance runner (800m) in the 1960s.Noel Dyck is a Professor of Social Anthropology at Simon Fraser University inCanada. The author of several books on relations between Aboriginal peoples andgovernments, he was drawn to the anthropology of sport through his children'sparticipation and his own subsequent involvement as a coach in youth soccer andtrack and field. He is the editor of Games, Sports and Cultures (2000) and is currentlycompleting a study of adults and the social construction of children's sports.Hans Hognestad is a social anthropologist and Research Fellow at the NorwegianUniversity of Sport and Physical Education in Oslo. He has written articles on footballfan cultures in Nor