Bookclub: testing for athlete citizenship

Presenter/s: Dr Kathryn Henne, RegNet, ANU; Dr Vanessa McDermott, RMIT; Dr Ramón Spaaij, Victoria University

Event type: Book launch

Event date: Tuesday, 28 July 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Event venue: Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU

Few sports’ spectators realize that a global regulatory network is in place in an attempt to ensure ideals of fair play. But the athletes caught and punished for doping are not always the ones using performance-enhancing drugs to cheat. In the case of female athletes, violations of fair play can stem from their inherent biological traits. In Testing for Athlete Citizenship: Regulating Doping And Sex In Sport, Kathryn Henne traces the development of technocratic rules aimed at controlling performance enhancement in international sports, combining historical and ethnographic approaches.

Henne draws on research conducted in Australasia, Europe, and North America to explain how race, gender, class, and postcolonial formations of power shape ideas and regulatory practices in this field. She makes the case for rethinking the power of regulation in sports and how it separates athletes into a distinct class of citizens subject to a unique set of rules because of their physical attributes and abilities.

Please RSVP by close of business Friday 24 July 2015 for catering purposes at this webform.

Dr Kathryn Henne is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Postgraduate Programs in the Regulatory Institutions Network. Her research interests encompass issues of inequality, technology and regulation.

Also speaking, will be Dr Vanessa McDermott, a Research Fellow in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT, and Dr Ramón Spaaij, an Associate Professor at Victoria University in the College of Sport and Exercise Science. Each will offer their expert views on Kate’s book.

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