June 2019

Last modified: 28.06.2019

Books & Reports

The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, Biopolitics
by Niko Besnier (Author), Susan Brownell (Author), Thomas F. Carter (Author)

Few activities bring together physicality, emotions, politics, money, and morality as dramatically as sport. In Brazil’s stadiums or China’s parks, on Cuba’s baseball diamonds or Fiji’s rugby fields, human beings test their physical limits, invest emotional energy, bet money, perform witchcraft, and ingest substances. Sport is a microcosm of what life is about. The Anthropology of Sport explores how sport both shapes and is shaped by the social, cultural, political, and historical contexts in which we live. Core themes discussed in this book include the body, modernity, nationalism, the state, citizenship, transnationalism, globalization, and gender and sexuality.

Read more about the book.

CIES Report and Atlas on expatriate footballers

For the third year, the CIES Football Observatory analyses the presence of expatriate players in 147 leagues from 98 national associations. Brazil is clearly at the top of the rankings for countries exporting the most footballers (1,330 players), ahead of France (867) and Argentina (820). Alone, these countries export almost a quarter of footballers (22.5%). Overall, the number of expatriates increased by 5.0% compared to 2018.

During last year, the number of expatriates has increased for each of the three principle exporting countries: Brazil (+64 players, +4.8%), France (+37 players, +4.3%) and Argentina (+57 players, +7.0%). The number of Spaniards abroad has also strongly increased (+61 players, +14.3%). This is the second biggest increase in absolute terms after that of the Brazilians.

The most frequented migratory route originates from Brazil and ends in Portugal (261 players). The migration of Argentinians to Chili (116 players) is the second principle axis. Two migratory channels departing from England also involve many footballers: the first ends up in Scotland (113 players), while the second leads to Wales (92 players).

England and Italy are the chief importing countries of footballers. The professional clubs of these countries employ 728 and 636 expatriate players respectively. Without taking into account the 139 citizens of the other UK nations present in England, it is thus in Italy that the greatest number of players imported from abroad are to be found.

The CIES Football Observatory research team is also proud to disclose the brand new Atlas of Migration mapping the international flows of footballers.



The Football Collective Annual Conference: “From Grassroots to hyper commodification”

Sheffield, 28 and 29 November 2019

The conference is designed to offer opportunities for all to present research, potential projects, and innovative methods of data collection or public engagement. Thus it aims to discuss research that (a) has been undertaken, to share findings and gain insight and feedback on data analysis, representation, and potential outputs (b) is being proposed as a potential option for the Football Collective group to understand an existing issue or (c) has been published, to share findings and discuss future research needs.

The organizing committee particularly encourage submissions from PhD scholars and early career researchers. Please send your contribution to: CAfootballcollecitive2019@gmail.com

Read more about the conference here

The European Association Sociology of Sport Annual Conference

Southampton Solent, 18-21 May 2020

The School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences at Solent University is pleased to invite you to the 17th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference.

This is the first time the conference has been held in the UK and we look forward to welcoming you to Southampton.

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Telling the Story of Sport: Narrating Sport in a Global Context

School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol with the support of the Institute of Modern Languages Research

University of Bristol, UK, 2-3 April 2020

The organizers invite scholars at all career stages, and particularly postgraduates, from the Arts and Humanities and the Social Sciences to submit proposals for individual papers or panel sessions. Potential contributors will be invited to consider the following themes:

  • The devices and techniques utilized by individual artists and writers in order to capture sporting activity;
  • The ways in which sports writing constructs, conditions and mediates the experience of a particular sport;

  • The political and social agendas that sports writing has served or, conversely, contested;

  • The contribution it has made to different forms of, and debates surrounding, gender, race, national or regional identity, or social class;

  • The relationship between textual practice, space, and identity;

  • Translating sports;

  • Representations of the sporting body.

Proposals for papers addressing other relevant themes will also be considered. All proposals must be e-mailed to the conference organizers at sml-sportconference@bristol.ac.uk no later than 30 September 2019.

Read more about the conference here

newly launched research program

We Play: Refugee Settlement through Sport

The Sport, Diversity & Social Change research group at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia has launched a new research program investigating how refugee settlement is produced and experienced in and through sport and physical activity in Victoria, Australia. 

Outcomes and benefits

1. Increased understanding of the role of sport and physical activity in refugee settlement journeys and practices;
2. New evidence and insights into refugee settlement across all levels of sport – from grassroots to elite;
3. A platform to showcase the contributions by people with refugee backgrounds to local and global sports cultures;
4. Evidence-based recommendations that inform sport and settlement policies and programs and support community capacity building in Victoria.

Our objectives are to

1. Identify how people with refugee backgrounds navigate sports institutions and practices in Victoria, Australia, with a focus on the grassroots level;
2. Develop and implement a community-based participatory action model with Victorian refugee communities in sport and physical activity;
3. Determine the work that goes into producing refugee participation and refugee settlement in and through sport and physical activity in Victoria;
4. Examine the representation of people with refugee backgrounds involved in sport and physical activity in political, policy and media discourses;
5. Develop practical recommendations and educational resources that can support refugee settlement in and through sport and physical activity in Victoria and beyond.

Are you interested in

1. Expressing views and shaping research, policy and programs?
2. Providing strategic input on priorities for research, programs and initiatives?
3. Engaging with a broad range of stakeholders?

We welcome (inter)national collaborations; please contact prof Ramón Spaaij to express your interest. You can find more information about the program and introductions to our research group members on our website: https://sportsocs.wixsite.com/sdscgroup