FOLK-F330: Sports, Games, & Tradition


Fernando Orejuela
Course Description

Play, game, and sport are ambiguous terms important to the study of cultural expressions. Taken separately or together, they are universal acts of structured and unstructured forms. In this course, we engage the student in situated activities, ranging from the unstructured doing of leisure and entertainment to the structured, institutionalization of sport with respect to the intersections of participant-spectator relationships, public-private spaces, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, age, class, ability, and location. We will outline key concepts and approaches to the study and how they address concerns ethnomusicologists and folklorists share with social scientists and cultural studies specialists for the purposes of interdisciplinarity.