Athletic Labor and Social Reproduction
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© The Author(s) 2019. This article connects the exploitation experienced by athletic laborers to sports fandom by theorizing athletic labor as a form of social reproductive labor. The work of athletes in high-performance spectator sport contributes to the affective reproduction of spectatorial subjects required by capitalism, albeit at a great cost to the laboring athlete. This intervention advances Marxist scholarship on the sociology of sport by extending the literature on social reproduction and labor into an entirely new and necessary sphere. Framing athletic labor as a form of social reproduction reveals that high performance spectator sport is more central to the political economy of late capitalism than is often understood and that sport is a more exploitative and dehumanizing site of labor even than conventional Marxist analysis has suggested.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1177/0193723519850879
Publication InfoKalman-Lamb, Nathan (2019). Athletic Labor and Social Reproduction. Journal of Sport and Social Issues. pp. 019372351985087-019372351985087. 10.1177/0193723519850879. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/19111.
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Lecturing Fellow of Thompson Writing Program
Nathan Kalman-Lamb is a Lecturing Fellow in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University. His recent teaching interests include the intersection of sport, labor, race, and social inequality; sociology of the body; and social theory, classical and contemporary. He is the author of Game Misconduct: Injury, Fandom, and the Business of Sport (2018, Fernwood) and co-author of Out of Left Field: Social Inequality and Sports (2011, Fernwood). He has also recently