Author: Niko Besnier and Susan Brownell

The Untold Story Behind Fiji’s Astonishing Gold Medal

Niko Besnier and Susan Brownell , August 19th, 2016


A teary-eyed member of Fiji’s women’s rugby team raised the Fijian flag after the men’s rugby team won the Olympic gold medal. Viewers watched on a big-screen TV…


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Rio’s Olympic Festival in the Streets

Niko Besnier and Susan Brownell , August 10th, 2016


In the 1980s, anthropologist John J. MacAloon argued that the real power of the Olympic Games lies in the unscripted, celebratory street festivals that erupt in public spaces….


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Your Olympic Team May Be an Illusion

Niko Besnier and Susan Brownell , August 4th, 2016


While many people get caught up in the nationalistic pageantry of the opening ceremony, the reality of the international sports world today is one of increasingly fluid citizenship…


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