Synthia Sydnor, PhD

Associate Professor
Kinesiology, Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Department of Kinesiology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Louise Freer Hall
906 S. Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3877
Fax: (217) 244-7322

Degree: Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1988

Areas of Interest: Cultural & Interpretive Studies, Anthropology, Christian Theology, Philosophy, Architecture

I work within specific schools of thought within these broad disciplines in an attempt to forge new, valuable ways of understanding, performing, conversing and writing about sport, play and games.

Recent Publications

2000. 'Sport, Celebrity and Liminality,' in Noel Dyck, Getting into the Game: Anthropological Perspectives on Sport. London: Berg Publishers, pp. 221-241.

2000. Cultural Studies of Sport and Exercise,' in Stan Brown ed., Introduction to Exercise Science, chap. 2. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, pp. 26-41.

1998. 'A History of Synchronized Swimming,' in Steven Pope, guest ed., 'Special Issue: The Practice of Sport History.' Journal of Sport History, 25, 252-267.

1998. ''How do you warm up for a stretch class?' Sub/in/di/verting Hegemonic Shoves Toward Sport,' in G. Rail and J. Harvey, eds., Sport and Postmodern Times. pp. 21-32. Albany: State University of New York Press. (equally co-authored with Nathaniel H. Kohn)

1998. '(Un)toward joy: Movement, Sport and the Meaning of Life,' in Margaret C. Duncan, Garry Chick, and Alan Aycock, eds., Play Writes: Diversions and Divergences in Fields of Play: Play & Culture Studies, Volume 1. Greenwich CT: Ablex Publishing Co., pp. 275-287. (equally co-authored with Nathaniel H. Kohn)


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