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Author McGarry, Karen Ann
Title Performing nationalisms: Spectacle and identity in high performance Canadian figure skating
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Descript 350 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 65-01, Section: A, page: 0195
Adviser: Ken Little
Thesis (Ph.D.)--York University (Canada), 2003
Fuelled by the sensationalism of the 1994 Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding spectacle, the international media fervour over the 2002 Jamie Sale/David Pelletier Olympic judging fiasco, the success of Canadian athletes at international events, and the influence of the mass media, figure skating in Canada has become a powerhouse in terms of corporate sponsorship, advertising dollars, and spectator popularity. This dissertation explores the ways in which high performance (World, Olympic, and National level) amateur figure skating has been promoted by the Canadian mass media, corporate sponsors, and, at times, the federal government as one locus for the construction and promotion of an "official" Canadian "identity." My ethnographic research, conducted between January 2000 and February 2002, is integrated here with literature on the anthropology of the body and gender, spectacle and visuality, nationalism and globalization to explore figure skating as national spectacle, with the goal of delineating the competing expressions of, and complex convergences between, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and nationalism in Canadian figure skating
To investigate the diversity of interests surrounding the production and consumption of skating spectacles in Canada, my primary ethnographic data consists of a combination of participant observation and structured and unstructured interviews with skaters, coaches, choreographers, spectators, agents, and media representatives. Particular attention is devoted to an analysis of ethnographic examples where national imaginations are authored by non-state or quasi-state actors like the mass media. Indeed, figure skating provides an opportunity for an exploration of how national identity narratives are interwoven with transnational and global forces, and, in particular, within a global visual culture dominated by the aesthetics of American consumerism and Hollywood imagery. Ultimately, my research addresses how ideas of Canadian nationhood are linked with the culture of spectacle consumption and it adds to existing literature on the anthropology of the mass media, spectacle, Canadian nationalism, and the anthropology of sport
School code: 0267
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 65-01A
Subject Anthropology, Cultural
Alt Author York University (Canada)
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