Accepted Paper:

Articulating the "powers of sport": Canadians and the discursive construction of American athletic scholarships  

Author:

Noel Dyck (Simon Fraser University)

Paper short abstract:

This paper examines how and why child and youth sports in Canada are organizationally and discursively marshalled in order to facilitate and celebrate the pursuit of American athletic scholarships by young Canadian athletes.

Paper long abstract:

This paper investigates the discursive construction of American athletic scholarships within the field of child and youth sports in Canada. Specifically, it examines the articulation of various "powers" associated with sports as embodied practices, organizational forms, and competitive performances. It is argued that commonplace discourses about the value and provenance of athletic scholarships serve not only to celebrate the significance of athletic accomplishment but also to orient the organizational hierarchies and resources devoted to child and youth sports in Canada.

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