Monday Sep 13, 2021

Episode 81: ‘Family,‘ Race, and College Football with Tracie Canada

In this episode, all three hosts are joined by anthropologist Tracie Canada to interrogate the ways in which familial discourses are deployed in the world of college football to obfuscate exploitative power relations and also the ways in which that rhetoric is reappropriated by Black players to fashion their own forms of kinship and care. The conversation also explores the methodological dimensions of ethnography in the world of power five college football and Tracie's fascinating research findings from her work with Black college football players.

Tracie Canada is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. She is currently working on her first book Tackling the Everyday: Race, Family, and Nation in Big-Time College Football. Her work has appeared in Sapiens, Scientific American, and Black Perspectives.

Check out Tracie's analysis of Covid and college football for Sapiens here. Check out Tracie's co-authored discussion of race-norming in the NFL concussion settlement as an after-life of slavery for Scientific Americanhere. Check out Tracie's work on how Black college football players care for one another in Black Perspectives here. You can find Tracie on Twitter @tracie_canada.


For a transcription of this episode, please click here. (Updated semi-regularly Credit @punkademic)

Research Assistance for The End of Sport provided by Abigail Bomba.


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