SABRINA RAZACK, PhD
I completed my PhD at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education with a collaborative specialization in Women and Gender Studies. My research focused on the analysis of media, race, sport, gender and social movements. My doctoral research, Joy as a Mode of Resistance: Black Girl Hockey Club's Ongoing Quest for Racial Justice investigated the influence of gender and racial social movements and examined the impact of social networking sites intended to progress social justice work.
Researching the media has been the primary focus of my scholarly endeavours. This research has typically examined events or individuals that illuminate and complicate the intersections of gender and race, understood through the political economy of the sports-media complex. For me, understanding the symbolic meanings of sport, alongside
cultural representations of bodies, began to illuminate the media’s role in producing and reproducing hegemonic formations of gender and race. It is here that digital media became of interest as these offered a means through which to cleave open spaces and processes that contest dominant ideologies in sport, while attaching to, aligning with or making possible social movements in and through sport. Overall, I have critically interrogated sports media
production and its associated (mis)representations, particularly through historicizing and contextualizing specific sports events and/or athletes. A related area of my research has been the question of whether and how digital media platforms and economies encourage and facilitate the organization of sport and the activities of athletes in ways that align with social movements.
While recognizing the difficulty of definitively measuring the ‘success’ of digital sports media and related social movements, I see my work as part of an ongoing investigation into, and consciousness raising for, sport and social movements, with a focus on technology, gender and race.