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Critiquing Anthropocentric Media Coverage of the COVID-19 Sport “Hiatus”

Samuel M. Clevenger, Oliver Rick, and Jacob Bustad

reimagining of the sports model dominating the industry: uber-sport , a term Andrews ( 2019 , p. 10) uses to explicate the “corporatization, commercialization, spectacularization, and celebritization of the traditional sports event” as it exists in 21st-century consumer, neoliberal capitalism. According to

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Representations of Wrigley Field Redevelopment(s) in the Chicago Tribune: Neoliberal Discourse and Urban Politics

Grace Yan, Hanhan Xue, and Chad Seifried

another landmark of contemporary sport-driven urban planning, the path toward Wrigley’s redevelopment(s) has been an enduringly turbulent one—as forces of neoliberalism, state governance, and public interest (and resistance) have persistently collided along the way. Early on, preservation constraints were

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A Baltimore Benevolence Thing? American Philanthropy, Neoliberal Fitness, and the Persistence of “Colorblind” Racial Silencing

Ronald L. Mower

language and politics of neoliberal colorblindness would frame much of the programming, promotion, and pedagogical training of FBY. Using subtle racially coded language, the ease with which he spoke about people who look “shady” and participate in gang-related activities, combined with the condescending

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The Uses of Running: Urban Homelessness, Creative Initiatives, and “Recovery” in the Neoliberal City

Bryan C. Clift

, non-governmental organization that focuses on the perennial issue of homelessness in America cities. Within urban America, the organization illustrates how the rhetoric of “recovery” yokes the entrepreneurial ethos of neoliberalism with the management of homeless people. Participants in the

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Digital Activism: Neoliberalism, the Internet, and Sport for Youth Development

Brian Wilson and Lyndsay Hayhurst

This article reports findings from an interview-based study focused around the role of the Internet in the development and operations of four nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that use sport as part of their youth engagement efforts. Findings showed, on the one hand, how the emergence of certain NGOs would not have been possible if not for the Internet. On the other hand, it was clear that the Internet contributes to a form of “ironic activism,” meaning that the practices that underlie certain forms of Internet-enabled NGO activity also reproduce neoliberal, market-driven approaches to dealing with social problems. The article includes discussion about ways in which the use of communication technologies by “sport for development” NGOs is reflective of broader developments in and around the NGO community.

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Economic Freedom, Climate Culpability, and Physical Activity Indicators Among Children and Adolescents: Report Card Grades From the Global Matrix 4.0

Eun-Young Lee, Patrick Abi Nader, Salomé Aubert, Silvia A. González, Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Asaduzzaman Khan, Wendy Y. Huang, Taru Manyanga, Shawnda Morrison, Diego Augusto Santos Silva, and Mark S. Tremblay

macrolevel factor such as a country’s political ideology (ie, a system of ideas, one which forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy) influences physical activity and, ultimately, human health and well-being. 15 In particular, neoliberal capitalist ideology, an ideology that promotes

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On the Sidelines: Gendered Neoliberalism and the American Female Sportscaster

Jennifer McClearen

conditions for women sportscasters whose experiences are embedded in broader discourses of gender and power in American culture writ large. Harrison argues that the present entanglement of feminist and neoliberal discourses fashion an “idealized female sportscaster subject” that women must embody to do their

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Sport and the Neoliberal University: Profit, Politics, and Pedagogy

Na Ri Shin, PhD Candidate

By Ryan King-White . Published in 2018 by Rutgers University Press , New Brunswick, NJ Sport and the Neoliberal University: Profit, Politics, and Pedagogy , a collection of essays edited by Ryan King-White, offers a critical take on a timely issue in the intercollegiate sport. In 10 chapters

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Vulnerability: Ripples From Reflections on Mental Toughness

Mark A. Uphill and Brian Hemmings

The aim of this paper is to present a critical reflection on mental toughness using a creative analytic practice. In particular, we move from intrapersonal technical reflections to an altogether more interpersonal cultural analysis that (re)considers some of the assumptions that can underpin sport psychology practice. Specifically, in the ripples that extend from these initial technical reflections, we argue that it is important to understand vulnerability, and consider (a) wounded healers, (b) the ideology of individualism, and (c) the survivor bias to help make sense of current thinking and applied practice. Emerging from these ripples are a number of implications (naming elephants, tellability, neoliberalism) from which sport psychologists may reflect upon to enhance their own practice. In making visible the invisible, we conclude that vulnerability can no longer be ignored in sport psychology discourse, research, and practice. Should this story of vulnerability resonate, we encourage you, where appropriate to share this story.

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Danny Almonte: Discursive Construction(s) of (Im)migrant Citizenship in Neoliberal America

Ryan King-White

In this project I will trace former Little League Baseball star, Danny Almonte’s, celebrity identity and flexible citizenship with particular regard to the way that he has been used as both an exemplary Dominican immigrant and later a cautionary tale. As such this critical biography of Almonte’s rise and fall in American popular culture—informed by Henry Giroux’s extensive theorizing on youth culture, Ong’s concept of flexible citizenship, and Steven Jackson’s understanding of “twisting”—will critically interrogate the mediated discourses used to describe, define, and make Almonte into a symbol of a (stereo)typical Dominican male. In accordance with contemporaneous hyper-conservative and neoliberal rhetoric pervasive throughout the United States, I posit the notion that Almonte’s contested celebrity was formulated within the popular media as the embodiment of the minority “assault” on white privilege.