2018 NASSS Annual Conference
Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, & Culture
Friday, November 2 • 8:00am - 9:15am
Populism and the leisure spectacle: Performing power and identity: Place and events

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For this proposed session, we seek contributions that address the political populism associated with sporting mega-events and popular musical spectacles. Common questions might include the following. Where and how does populist discourse feature in such events? What key political figures drive political ambitions through populist discourse in relation to sporting mega-events? How do popular cultural celebrities challenge or contest political orthodoxies? Within the leadership of a sporting mega-event, what key figures contribute to the populist discourses of a host country? How have formal political leaders and figures related to the popular music spectacle? Overall, then, how might the spectacles of sporting and musical mega-events be better understood by drawing upon theories of populism and their application to a comparative range of national and supra-national case studies? Contributions are invited from interdisciplinary fields as well as from sociology, in a range of forms from focused case-studies to theoretical reviews or critiques.


Jacob Bustad

The body, the baby weight, and the wardrobe: Materiality and embodied motherhood, Towson University
Clothing is often perceived as an effort to craft a particular body image and thus an accompanying identity (Guy & Banim, 2000). Previous research has explored the relationship between clothing and perception of body shape changes during pregnancy (Sohn & Bye, 2014), and many women... Read More →

Bryan Clift

University of Bath
Lula’s Populist Wake: Sporting Mega-Events and Leftist Populism in BrazilThe 2014 World Cup in Brazil and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro were part and parcel of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s (popularly referred to as Lula) populist swell with the Partido... Read More →
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Jeff Graham

Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Research examining work and family consistently indicates that work-family conflict results in negative outcomes for individuals, families, and the organizations they work for (Byron, 2005). Research also indicates that support from the workplace can mitigate the frequency and strength... Read More →

Seungmo Kim

Hong Kong Baptist University
Nationalism, Internationalism, U.S. Soccer Fandom, and the 2018 World CupFor the first time since 1986, the U.S. men’s national soccer team failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup. Thus, the 2018 tournament provided a unique opportunity to explore the intricacies of fandom in an... Read More →

Renata Maria Toledo

Universidade Estadual de Maringa, Brazil
SPORT, MUSIC AND POPULISM IN BRAZILWhen Brazilian delegation marched in the Maracanã Stadium, closing the Parade of Nations within the opening ceremony of Rio 2016 Olympics, we could hear "Aquarela do Brasil" played in the background. Extoling the greatness of the country, this song... Read More →

Sam Winemiller

Recruiting Writers’ Perceptions of Ethical Responsibilities, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
A substantial media industry has developed that focuses on covering high school student-athletes as they are recruited to play college sports. Online media outlets, such as Rivals and 247Sports, dedicate considerable resources to analyzing young athletes’ decision-making processes... Read More →


Alan Tomlinson

University of Brighton UK

Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am PDT

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