WADA and Sporting Empire: Prospects and Shadows Sean Smith European Graduate School egs.edu
Introduction: High Performance Sport <ul><li>a humanist conception of a bounded unitary athletic body </li></ul><ul><li>a ...
The Empire Thesis <ul><li>a polycentric, fluid mesh of power featuring nation-state actors in shifting alliances with supr...
WADA and Sporting Empire <ul><li>International Olympic Committee and other sport governing bodies, the professional sports...
WADA and Sporting Empire <ul><li>“ state of exception” (Agamben) </li></ul><ul><li>fundamental characteristic of Empire is...
Techniques of Imperial Doping Control <ul><li>vectors of signification </li></ul><ul><li>limitless postponement </li></ul>...
Techniques of Imperial Doping Control - Vectors  of Signification <ul><li>urine </li></ul><ul><li>blood </li></ul><ul><li>...
Techniques of Imperial Doping Control - Limitless Postponement <ul><li>nomad science of doping ahead of State </li></ul><u...
Techniques of Imperial Doping Control - Right to Registr ation <ul><li>whereabouts information 24/7/365 </li></ul><ul><li>...
Prospects and Shadows <ul><li>topological model is now required to understand the space of sporting competition </li></ul>
1. Permeability 2. Enclosure 3. Partitioning 4. Surveillance (Bale, 1993)
Prospects and Shadows <ul><li>topological model is now required to understand the space of sporting competition </li></ul>...
 
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WADA and Sporting Empire: Prospects and Shadows

  1. 1. WADA and Sporting Empire: Prospects and Shadows Sean Smith European Graduate School egs.edu
  2. 2. Introduction: High Performance Sport <ul><li>a humanist conception of a bounded unitary athletic body </li></ul><ul><li>a purportedly universal conception of competition that values sport as a vehicle of individual achievement in body and mind </li></ul><ul><li>a corresponding ethic of “fair play” that suggests normative models of athletic behaviour in and out of competition </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Empire Thesis <ul><li>a polycentric, fluid mesh of power featuring nation-state actors in shifting alliances with supranational organizations, transnational corporations, and certain humanitarian non-governmental organizations (Hardt and Negri) </li></ul><ul><li>immaterial labour and informatized production </li></ul><ul><li>“ crisis of enclosure” (Deleuze) </li></ul>
  4. 4. WADA and Sporting Empire <ul><li>International Olympic Committee and other sport governing bodies, the professional sports leagues, the media conglomerates, the corporate sponsors, the sporting good and athletic footwear businesses, the medico-scientific apparatuses, and the World Anti-Doping Agency </li></ul><ul><li>WADA formed so as to preserve “fair play” </li></ul>
  5. 5. WADA and Sporting Empire <ul><li>“ state of exception” (Agamben) </li></ul><ul><li>fundamental characteristic of Empire is ability to broaden the parameters of exceptionalism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>broaden the spatiotemporal boundaries of just cause such that testing encroaches upon the entire social domain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>enlarge the scope of substances and methods considered to compromise organic purity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>increase degree to which authorities may penetrate the sovereign athletic body </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Techniques of Imperial Doping Control <ul><li>vectors of signification </li></ul><ul><li>limitless postponement </li></ul><ul><li>right to registration </li></ul>
  7. 7. Techniques of Imperial Doping Control - Vectors of Signification <ul><li>urine </li></ul><ul><li>blood </li></ul><ul><li>DNA </li></ul><ul><li>out of competition testing </li></ul>
  8. 8. Techniques of Imperial Doping Control - Limitless Postponement <ul><li>nomad science of doping ahead of State </li></ul><ul><li>eight-year statute of limitations </li></ul><ul><li>deferral of “truth” of sporting outcomes </li></ul>
  9. 9. Techniques of Imperial Doping Control - Right to Registr ation <ul><li>whereabouts information 24/7/365 </li></ul><ul><li>ADAMS system </li></ul><ul><li>biological passport </li></ul>
  10. 10. Prospects and Shadows <ul><li>topological model is now required to understand the space of sporting competition </li></ul>
  11. 11. 1. Permeability 2. Enclosure 3. Partitioning 4. Surveillance (Bale, 1993)
  12. 12. Prospects and Shadows <ul><li>topological model is now required to understand the space of sporting competition </li></ul><ul><li>normalization of control through the ludic </li></ul><ul><li>trickle down effect to different levels of sport? </li></ul><ul><li>modulation of information/individuals between and across disciplinary spaces? </li></ul>

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