Sportsball and Sporting Culture
Sportsball: "the act of participating either competitively or noncompetitively in an athletic based endeavor occasionally with other humans that usually involves spherical devices but also doesn't have to because all sports deserve equal representation including ribbon dancing and roshambo" (Urban Dictionary). Podcaster and NBA basketball journalist Zach Lowe speaks of sportsing or sportsball when talking about the NBA – marking both the relevance of professional sport and its banality in the context of everyday life, political struggles, and worldwide catastrophes. This course examines the cultural, political, social, and embodied ways "sport" plays in our everyday life and how it has reshaped our relationship to our bodies, data and statistics, and education. By attending to how race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability frame our experience of "sport," we'll interrogate "what sport gives us" and "why do we (not) care so much about it?"
Course taught by: Vincent Pham. Colloquium Associate: Catie Mohr.
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