2018 NASSS Annual Conference
Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, & Culture
Thursday, November 1 • 8:00am - 9:15am
Rural Sport, Context, Processes & Outcomes #1

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Outside of cities, sport often looks differently. Without the critical mass of bodies and available resources, play is not always categorized by the same factions according to age, gender, level of competition, etc.; infrastructure is not always built, and; outcomes are not always understood in terms of physical literacy and/or athlete development. This interdisciplinary session will explore the processes and products of sport, recreation, and leisure in rural communities. In particular, both scholars and local practitioners are invited to discuss the way that contextual factors constitutive of rural communities (e.g., distance, populations, economies, social norms, etc.) shape both the social processes and outcomes of sport and recreation within these communities. In doing so, we invite critical reflection on the factors (e.g., historical events, contemporary policy, changing economies, etc.) shaping rural life, as well as the role of sport as an expression of agency, resistance, and community development.


Katie Hemsworth

Nipissing University
Good vibrations? Crowd noise and the “physicality” of sound across sportscapesThe purpose of this paper is to attend to the spatialities of sound in the production of sportscapes. Although scholars have engaged more readily with textual analyses of music in relation to sport (see... Read More →

Kaitlin Okamoto

University of Minnesota
Soccer in the Park: A Critical Self-Reflection on Sport in a Rural CommunityWhen you think about the career trajectory of an athlete and coach, do you ever think of art galleries, dusty river canyons, or baseball diamonds? What about a hairdo with horns, your first time in church... Read More →

Tavis Smith

Singletrack and Settler Colonialism: Critical Reflections from the Contact Zone, University of Toronto
In view of the call for papers that attempt to decolonize researcher experiences, subjectivities, histories and complicities, this methodological reflection considers the role of the researcher within a project based in, and with, a First Nations community in Western Canada. This... Read More →

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Kyle Rich

Brock University
Kyle Rich is an assistant professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University. His research looks at diverse experiences in sport, recreation, and community programs - particularly in rural communities. Kyle’s research program is built around using... Read More →

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

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