Orin Starn

Orin Starn is a leading expert in the field of sport studies. An anthropologist by training, Starn has done research in Peru, Turkey, and Italy, and on Native American culture and politics. He has appeared on ESPN, NPR, and in the New York Times, and written about the Olympics, soccer, basketball, and many other topics. His most recent book is about the superstar golfer Tiger Woods. Starn is the former chair of the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, and has won the university’s undergraduate teaching award. His lecture course on sports and society at Duke University regularly fills to overflow.

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Sports and Society (Coursera)

Sports play a giant role in contemporary society worldwide. But few of us pause to think about the larger questions of money, politics, race, sex, culture, and commercialization that surround sports everywhere. This course draws on the tools of anthropology, sociology, history, and other disciplines to give you new [...]
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