Probing the cultural and philosophical forces at play in three under-regarded moments in sports history
The Burden of Over-representation
Race, Sport, and Philosophy
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The Burden of Over-representation artfully explores three curious racial moments in sport: Jackie Robinson's expletive at a Dodgers spring training game; the transformation of a formality into an event at the end of the 1995 rugby World Cup in South Africa; and a spectral moment at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Grant Farred examines the connotations at play in these moments through the lenses of race, politics, memory, inheritance and conciliation, deploying a surprising cast of figures in Western thought, ranging from Jacques Derrida and Friedrich Nietzsche to Judith Butler, William Shakespeare, and Jesus-the-Christ. Farred makes connection and creates meaning through the forces at play and the representational burdens of team, country and race.
Grant Farred is a Professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University. His most recent books include Long Distance Love: A Passion for Football (Temple), Martin Heidegger Saved My Life, and In Motion, At Rest: The Event of the Athletic Body.