2018 NASSS Annual Conference
Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, & Culture
Saturday, November 3 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Unpleasant melodies: Young sport sociologists, mental health and White institutional presence

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McDonald (2005) considered whiteness not as a stable, predictable project, or stagnant identity, but “a fluid set of practices” that simultaneously produce identifications with and are imperfectly reiterated by bodies, especially ‘white’ bodies, with important consequences in regard to life, opportunity, and psychic security” (p. 250). Even though overt individual racial prejudice declines, higher education remains as a setting where structural racist patterns and procedures persist (Guess, 2006). Gusa (2010) used “White Institutional Presence” to describe the practices, traditions, and perceptions of knowledge that are taken for granted as the norm at institutions of higher education. Working in this type of unfriendly, sometime hostile environment put extra stress on people from minority backgrounds (Ahmed, 2017). Moreover, (graduate) students and young scholars in sport sociology may face even more stress considering that their praxis often pose challenges to white institutional presence. Therefore, this panel discussion will focus on the following questions:
How should young scholars/students in their respective institutions cope with whiteness? What are the strategies available for us to take care of mental health?


Alaina Di Giorgio

Elms College
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Billy Hawkins

Professor, University of Houston

Judy Liao

University of Alberta
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Parissa Safai, PhD

Associate Professor, York University
Parissa Safai is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science in the Faculty of Health at York University. Her research interests focus on the critical study of sport at the intersection of risk, health and healthcare including the social determinants of... Read More →
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Paul Whitinui

Associate Professor, The University of Victoria, BC
Dr. Paul Whitinui is an Indigenous Māori scholar from theConfederation of Tribes in the Far North of Aotearoa New Zealand (NgāPuhi, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kurī) on his Dad’s side, and a third generation New Zealand Pākehā(French, Irish, Welsh and English) on his Mum’s side... 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 →

Saturday November 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm PDT
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