Three Points for Coming Out! Jason Collins Sets a Cultural Precedent

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," says Jason Collins. Kwaku Alston/For Sports Illustrated This story appears in the May 6, 2013, issue of Sports Illustrated. I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay. I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American … Continue reading Three Points for Coming Out! Jason Collins Sets a Cultural Precedent

Calling All Teams: Sociology Of Style on Sports Tribalism and Dressing The Part

Anthropologists are suckers for anything with the word "tribe" in it.  I am no exception.  Here's a really interesting piece from sociology of style on the role of the uniform in sports. A Tribe Called Us “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, … Continue reading Calling All Teams: Sociology Of Style on Sports Tribalism and Dressing The Part

Sports With Balls: A Timeless Human Ritual

It's a Sunday in January in the U.S.A, which means that (according to a 2011 Harris Poll survey) 64% of the population will be watching football at some point today.  Among those, 2/3rds of men and just over half of all women.  According to another survey (by Gallup), only about 41% of Americans attend weekly … Continue reading Sports With Balls: A Timeless Human Ritual

Being a good sport is very VERY Canadian

I am not a huge sports fan.  Nor am I a hockey fan.  I but I did some work recently that made me appreciate the value of both from an anthropological perspective. I figured I should get serious every now and again.  Here's my first pass. When thinking about how people watch sports, context is … Continue reading Being a good sport is very VERY Canadian