Call for Abstracts | Contemporary Perspectives on Athlete Activism (Routledge) | Call ends March 16, 2020

Editor: Rory Magrath, Solent University, UK

This edited collection aims to provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary overview of athlete activism. While athletes as ‘activists’ – broadly defined – is not necessarily a new area of study, it has commanded a significant range of both scholarly (e.g. Boykoff, 2014Tredway, 2020Wiener, 2019) and media (New York TimesForbesAl Jazeeraattention in recent years. High-profile figures from across elite sport – including, most recently, Megan Rapinoe and Colin Kaepernick – have lent their voices in an attempt to influence a variety of social, political, ethical and/or environmental issues. This has been driven, in part, by the development of the internet and, in turn, social media over the past decade or so, thus providing athletes an extra platform to share their various campaigning messages to the world.

This edited collection is intended to pull together some of the most dominant and overarching themes of athletes as ‘activists’.

Contributions might explore, but are not limited to, the following inter-related areas:

      • Athlete activism for equality, diversity and inclusion;
      • Athlete activism for social and/or political transformation;
      • Athlete activism for sporting improvement;
      • Athlete activism for broader social good;
      • The economic effects and impact of activist athletes;
      • Critiques of activist athletes.

Submission details

Preliminary submission

Please submit a 250-word abstract and short biography to Rory Magrath at: deadline is March 16, 2020.

Estimated submission timeline 

      • Deadline for abstract submissions: March 16th
      • Notification of selection: March 23rd
      • Deadline for first draft of chapters: Autumn 2020
      • Chapters returned: December 2020/January 2021
      • Final drafts: March 2021

I anticipate publication to be the summer of 2021.

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