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Thousands of young men in Senegal train every day in the hope of becoming professional professional football players or wrestlers. While football presents itself as a modern and international pursuit, wrestling is resolutely oriented towards supposedly traditional practices, steeped in ethnic lore and magico-religious practice, but the trajectories of the young men aspiring to make it in the two sports are remarkably similar. Mark Hann traces the emerging forms of neoliberal subjectivity developed by young athletes as they navigate the complex pathways of sporting aspiration.

Event details of Sporting aspirations and neoliberal subjectivity in Senegal
Date 20 December 2018
Time 10:00 -11:00
Location Agnietenkapel
Room Location

M.P.G. Hann: Sporting Aspirations: Wrestling, Football, and Neoliberal Subjectivity in Urban Senegal.


Prof. N. Besnier


Dr S. Narotzky


Room Location

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.