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Research seminar / Sports, Cultures, and Societies in Twentieth-century Europe

Emotion in Sports

For a historical anthropology of sports


Beginning in childhood, the discovery of physical exercise and the development of a sociability that transcends familial, social, and geographic boundaries contribute to the significant emotional experiences generated by one’s participation in sports.  These emotions also feature as integral aspects of the identities and experiences of adults involved in sports.  By examining these various emotions, this research project intends to test the methods of historical anthropology when applied to the contemporary era.