Centre for Social Science and Global Health

The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, Biopolitics

New Book by Niko Besnier, Susan Brownell and Tom Carter

23 November 2017

Sport brings together physicality, emotions, politics, money, and morality. In Brazil’s stadiums, Cuba’s baseball diamonds or Fiji’s rugby fields, human beings test their physical limits, invest emotional energy , bet money and more. Sport is a microcosm of what life is about. Niko Besnier and co-authors Susan Brownell and Tom Carter explore how sport both shapes and is shaped by social, cultural, political, and historical contexts.

The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, Biopolitics was released by the University of California Press on 15 November. It is the first substantial publication stemming from the ERC-funded GLOBALSPORT project. It features, among others, results of the project members' research, including the remarkable cover photo of Senegalese wrestlers by Mark Hann.

The French translation will be published by Éditions de la rue d'Ulm (École normale supérieure) and the Spanish translation by Siglo XXI Buenos Aires, both in 2018. Chinese, Japanese, and Korean translations are under negotiation.

Book Information

Publisher: University of California Press
Pages: 336
Publication Date: November 15, 2017

Published by  AISSR