2018 NASSS Annual Conference
Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, & Culture
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Thursday, November 1 • 8:00am - 9:15am
Settler Colonialism, Cacophony, and Allyship: A Critical Conversation

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Byrd (2011) used the term “cacophony” to describe the competing voices that vie for legitimacy across different axes of U.S. settler colonial domination. While sport sociology has employed various critical perspectives to examine how sport exemplifies a variety of inequities, settler colonialism as the social formation that underpins modern sport and research institutions is rarely questioned (Sykes, 2014). The struggles of Indigenous Peoples in sport (e.g., the names/mascots used by pro and collegiate sport teams) are often understood and analyzed within a liberal multicultural framework that situates Indigenous Peoples in a paralleled fashion with other racialized minorities in the settler states (Bruyneel, 2016). Others, however, point out that the issue of race in settler states also cannot be fully comprehended if the analysis does not account for settler colonialism (Fujikane, 2008). This paper session focus on the following question: How could meaningful allyships be built in the “cacophony”, amongst sport sociologists who critically examine race (and other social justice projects) and those who pursue decolonizing projects that challenge the foundation of settler colonialism?


C. Richard King

Columbia College Chicago
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Tricia McGuire-Adams

Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
Dr. Tricia McGuire-Adams (from Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek) is an Assistant Professor in the Faculties of Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation and Native Studies. Her CIHR funded research looked to Anishinaabeg ancestral and current dibaajimowinan (stories) of physicality to address... Read More →

Christine O'Bonsawin

University of Victoria

John N. Singer

Texas A&M University
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Natalie Welch

The Significance of Giving Back Among Native American Athletes, Linfield College
The Native American athlete remains invisible and hidden amongst the perpetuation of Native American mascots. Society is more likely to think of a Native American as a mascot than an actual person, let alone an athlete (King, 2005). Media coverage of Native American athletes is often... Read More →


Chen Chen

“Decolonize” ain’t masturbation: It demands ACTION BEYOND RESEARCH, University of Alberta
What is the role of sport sociologists, often housed in institutions that are founded upon land dispossession and Indigenous genocide, in addressing the violence and harm caused by settler colonialism? Can we simply “decolonize” our research without personally embodying anti-colonial... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am PDT
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