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Publications of Nathan Kalman-Lamb    :chronological  combined listing:

%% Books   
   Author = {Kalman-Lamb, N},
   Title = {Game Misconduct Injury, Fandom, and the Business of
   Pages = {192 pages},
   Publisher = {Fernwood Publishing},
   Year = {2018},
   Month = {April},
   ISBN = {1773630067},
   Abstract = {“‘You’re not a human being, you’re a number, a
             product, an asset as long as you can perform. If you can’t
             perform, then you’re a liability and they’ll drop
             you.’” Professional athletes suffer tremendous damage to
             their bodies over the course of their careers. Some
             literally lose years from their lives because of their
             injuries. Why do athletes sacrifice themselves? Is it the
             price of being a professional? Is it all for the fans, or
             the money? What’s clear is that the physical and emotional
             tolls of being a professional athlete may not be worthwhile.
             In Game Misconduct, Nathan Kalman-Lamb takes us into the
             world of professional hockey players to illustrate how
             money, consumerism and fandom contribute to the
             life-altering injuries of professional athletes. Unlike many
             critical takes on professional sports, Kalman-Lamb
             illustrates how the harm suffered by the athlete is a
             necessary part of what makes professional sport a desirable
             commodity for the consuming fan. In an economic system —
             capitalism — that deprives people of meaning because of
             its inherent drive to turn everyone into individuals and
             everything into commodities, sports fandom produces a
             feeling of community. But there is a cost to producing this
             meaning and community, and it is paid through the sacrifice
             of the athlete’s body. Drawing on extensive interviews
             with fans and former professional hockey players,
             Kalman-Lamb reveals the troubling dynamics and dangerous
             costs associated with the world of professional and
             semi-professional sport.},
   Key = {fds333845}

   Author = {Abdel-Shehid, G and Kalman-Lamb, N},
   Title = {Out of Left Field Social Inequality and Sports},
   Pages = {150 pages},
   Publisher = {Fernwood Books Limited},
   Year = {2011},
   ISBN = {1552664392},
   Abstract = {In this introductory text, the authors explore the nature of
             historical and contemporary social inequality in
             high-performance sport, both globally and locally &—
             understanding high-performance sport as a model that is
             emulated on other ...},
   Key = {fds319026}

%% Journal Articles   
   Author = {Kalman-Lamb, N},
   Title = {Athletic Labor and Social Reproduction},
   Journal = {Journal of Sport and Social Issues},
   Volume = {43},
   Number = {6},
   Pages = {515-530},
   Year = {2019},
   Month = {December},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {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.},
   Doi = {10.1177/0193723519850879},
   Key = {fds344788}

   Author = {Abdel-Shehid, G and Kalman-Lamb, N},
   Title = {Complicating Gender, Sport, and Social Inclusion: The Case
             for Intersectionality},
   Journal = {Social Inclusion},
   Volume = {5},
   Number = {2},
   Pages = {159-162},
   Publisher = {Cogitatio},
   Year = {2017},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {The following opinion piece concerns a reading of the work
             of Angela Davis and its application to the research on sport
             and social inclusion. It has the following aims: first, we
             use her work to argue that racism, as constituted via
             economics, helps to construct gender; second, we suggest
             that research on sport and social inclusion would do well to
             consider the work of Davis in forming a more complex reading
             of what it means to invite the participation—or
             inclusion—of women and girls in sport, both racialized and
   Doi = {10.17645/si.v5i2.887},
   Key = {fds327334}

   Author = {Kalman-Lamb, N},
   Title = {Imagined communities of fandom: sport, spectatorship,
             meaning and alienation in late capitalism},
   Journal = {Sport in Society},
   Volume = {24},
   Number = {6},
   Pages = {922-936},
   Year = {2021},
   Month = {January},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {This article accounts for the allure of sports spectatorship
             in late capitalism by theorizing spectatorial communities as
             imagined communities. Building on the work of Benedict
             Anderson and others, and drawing on discourse around fandom
             in popular culture and the media, it argues that imagined
             communities of fandom function as sites of meaning and
             community within the alienating and individualist context of
             late capitalism. These communities are invented and
             continuously rehearsed through fetish spectacle and
             ritualistic practice and produce Manichean understandings of
             social relations that can lead to marginalization and
   Doi = {10.1080/17430437.2020.1720656},
   Key = {fds349009}

   Author = {Kalman-Lamb, N},
   Title = {Listening to the literature: a case for centering writing in
             critical sociology of sport pedagogy},
   Journal = {Sport, Education and Society},
   Volume = {25},
   Number = {6},
   Pages = {643-653},
   Publisher = {Informa UK Limited},
   Year = {2020},
   Month = {July},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {This article argues for a pedagogical approach to the
             sociology of sport and physical education that centers
             writing. Drawing on student reflections from my first year
             seminar in academic writing ‘Social Inequality and
             Sports,’ I demonstrate that students are more inclined to
             entertain the imperatives of critical pedagogies in the
             context of sport–the development of critical consciousness
             and transformative praxis–when they are empowered to take
             greater ownership over their own learning through intensive
             writing that is guided by principles of rhetorical
             listening. Writing assignments–including reading
             responses, a literature review paper, and a work of original
             analysis of an empirical site or text of their own
             choosing–that require students to listen to the academic
             literature on sport and social inequality challenge them to
             reevaluate their preconceived notions about sport,
             facilitating outcomes sought by critical pedagogies.
             Responses to an automatic writing prompt at the beginning
             and end of the semester reveal that this approach can yield
             a dramatic perspectival shift in students who enter the
             course with typical investments in normative understandings
             of sporting cultures, prompting them to leave it with a
             newfound openness to critique.},
   Doi = {10.1080/13573322.2019.1644308},
   Key = {fds350092}

   Author = {Abdel-Shehid, G and Kalman-Lamb, N},
   Title = {Multiculturalism, gender and bend it like
   Journal = {Social Inclusion},
   Volume = {3},
   Number = {3},
   Pages = {142-152},
   Publisher = {Cogitatio},
   Year = {2015},
   Month = {January},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {In this article, we explore the efficacy of sport as an
             instrument for social inclusion through an analysis of the
             film Bend it Like Beckham. The film argues for the potential
             of sport to foster a more inclusive society in terms of
             multiculturalism and gender equity by showing how a hybrid
             culture can be forged through the microcosm of an English
             young women’s football club, while simultaneously
             challenging assumptions about traditional masculinities and
             femininities. Yet, despite appearances, Bend it Like Beckham
             does little to challenge the structure of English society.
             Ultimately, the version of multiculturalism offered by the
             film is one of assimilation to a utopian English norm. This
             conception appears progressive in its availability to all
             Britons regardless of ethnicity, but falls short of
             conceptions of hybrid identity that do not privilege one
             hegemonic culture over others. Likewise, although the film
             presents a feminist veneer, underneath lurks a troubling
             reassertion of the value of chastity, masculinity, and
             patriarchy. Bend it Like Beckham thus provides an
             instructive case study for the potential of sport as a site
             of social inclusion because it reveals how seductive it is
             to imagine that structural inequalities can be overcome
             through involvement in teams.},
   Doi = {10.17645/si.v3i3.135},
   Key = {fds319022}

   Author = {Kalman-Lamb, N},
   Title = {The athlete as model minority subject: Jose Bautista and
             Canadian multiculturalism},
   Journal = {Social Identities},
   Volume = {19},
   Number = {2},
   Pages = {238-253},
   Publisher = {Informa UK Limited},
   Year = {2013},
   Month = {March},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {The discourse of multiculturalism disguises complicated
             racial dynamics in nations such as Canada. Although white
             privilege persists, it tends to be mediated through
             non-white figures who can engender consent from other
             minority members. These figures have been called model
             minorities, a role that is well-tailored to celebrated
             athletes. Athletes who fill the role of model minority
             represent the ideal immigrant citizen: English-speaking,
             middle class/bourgeois, disciplined, and hard-working. As
             such, they serve a disciplinary function for other
             immigrants by demonstrating how it is they should act and
             producing a standard against which they are evaluated. The
             model minority has become a crucial representational figure
             for multicultural nations like Canada because the political
             economy of these states requires cheap labour that can be
             hyper-exploited through the dehumanization of racialization.
             Drawing on articles in Toronto's most prominent newspapers,
             I argue that Toronto Blue Jays baseball star Jose Bautista
             has recently assumed the status of a model minority. I
             elaborate the functions of the model minority through a
             reading of Bautista's representation. © 2013 Copyright
             Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.},
   Doi = {10.1080/13504630.2013.789219},
   Key = {fds319024}

   Author = {Kalman-Lamb, N},
   Title = {“A Portrait of This Country”: Whiteness, Indigeneity,
             Multiculturalism and the Vancouver Opening
   Journal = {Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies},
   Volume = {27},
   Number = {27},
   Pages = {5-27},
   Publisher = {University of Toronto Press Inc. (UTPress)},
   Year = {2012},
   Month = {June},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {<jats:p> In this article, I examine how the performance of
             Canadian identity in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games
             opening ceremonies reflects the persistence of whiteness at
             the core of Canada’s multicultural identity. To this end,
             I analyze the cultural components of the Vancouver
             ceremonies and the coverage of this spectacle by Canadian
             television broadcaster CTV. This event is worthy of study
             because it marks a crucial moment of nation-building and
             representation for the Canadian nation before the world. In
             this formative and performative moment, organizers did not
             foreground multiculturalism as central to Canadian
             identity— problematic as liberal multiculturalism may be
             in the context of a structurally inequitable society.
             Instead, they chose to portray whiteness as the core of
             Canadian identity. While there is a significant
             acknowledgment of Canada’s Indigenous peoples in the
             ceremonies, this should not be seen as a celebration of
             diversity. Rather, Indigineity is appropriated as the origin
             of a national teleology that culminates in whiteness.
             Indeed, by locating the nation’s origins in Indigenous
             societies, the claim can be made that Canada is essentially
             multicultural, and thus, that no further representation or
             acknowledgment of non-white people is necessary.
   Doi = {10.3138/topia.27.5},
   Key = {fds319025}

%% Chapters in Books   
   Author = {Kalman-Lamb, N},
   Title = {Deconstructing Linsanity: Is Jeremy Lin a Model Minority
   Booktitle = {Killing the Model Minority Stereotype Asian American
             Counterstories and Complicity},
   Year = {2015},
   Month = {June},
   ISBN = {1681231107},
   Abstract = {This volume connects to overarching projects of
             decolonization, which social justice educators and
             practitioners will find useful for understanding how the
             model minority myth functions to uphold white supremacy and
             how complicity has a ...},
   Key = {fds319023}

   Author = {Kalman-Lamb, N},
   Title = {I hate christian laettner and the persistence of hegemonic
             masculinity and heteronormativity in sporting
   Pages = {241-260},
   Booktitle = {The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and
   Year = {2019},
   Month = {January},
   ISBN = {9783030197988},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {Discourse analysis of the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary "I Hate
             Christian Laettner" (2015) reveals that despite increasing
             acceptance of a wider range of gender expression in North
             America over recent decades, hegemonic masculinity (Connell,
             Masculinities. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 1995) remains
             the dominant form of legitimate masculine identity in the
             realm of sport and popular culture. The film's portrayal of
             1990s Duke University basketball star Christian Laettner
             seems to chart a shift toward a more inclusive understanding
             of masculinity in its critique of Laettner's behavior and
             its depiction of his apparent challenge to
             heteronormativity. Yet, a close reading of the film reveals
             that it in fact reproduces hegemonic masculinity through an
             endorsement of coercive entitlement (Burstyn, The rites of
             men: Manhood, politics, and the culture of sport. Toronto:
             University of Toronto Press, 1999) and heteronormativity.
             The film appears to complicate hegemonic masculinity by
             problematizing Laettner's aggressive tendencies and the
             heteronormative context of 1990s Duke University. Yet,
             ultimately "I Hate Christian Laettner" reproduces the
             legitimacy of coercive entitlement through its depiction of
             Laettner's socialization into masculine norms in his family
             home, his reproduction of those norms at Duke, and the
             ultimate validation of that process through national
             championships and the endorsement of legendary coach Mike
             Krzyzewski. Likewise, heteronormativity is reproduced
             through present-day interviews in which Laettner and former
             teammate Brian Davis disavow their youthful behavior and
             through a historical narrative in which Laettner uses rumors
             around his sexual identity as fuel for masculine aggression
             and domination. Ultimately, the film appropriates the
             complexly gendered figure of Laettner as a masculine hero
             for a new generation.},
   Doi = {10.1007/978-3-030-19799-5_14},
   Key = {fds351103}

   Author = {Kalman-Lamb, N},
   Title = {Whiteness and Hockey in Canada: Lessons from Semi-Structured
             Interviews with Retired Professional Players},
   Booktitle = {Hockey Challenging Canada's Game – Au-delà du sport
   Publisher = {University of Ottawa Press},
   Editor = {Ellison, J and Anderson, J},
   Year = {2018},
   Month = {April},
   ISBN = {0776625993},
   Abstract = {This interdisciplinary scholarly collection is an
             extensionof the &quot;Hockey in Canada: More Than Just a
             Game&quot; exhibition presented by the Canadian Museumof
             History. Includes one chapter in French.},
   Key = {fds333844}

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