Dr. Alan Klein: Dominican Baseball
March 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in BMC 5.208
Dr. Alan Klein, a professor of sociology-anthropology at Northeastern University, examines the history of Major League Baseball's presence and influence in the Dominican Republic, the development of the booming industry and academies, and the dependence on Dominican player developers, known as buscones. He also addresses issues of identity fraud and the use of performance-enhancing drugs as hopefuls seek to play professionally. His new book, Dominican Baseball, charts the trajectory of the economic flows of this transnational exchange and the pride Dominicans feel in their growing influence in the sport. Klein also uncovers the prejudice that prompts MLB to diminish Dominican claims on legitimacy. This sharp, smartly argued book deftly chronicles the uneasy and often contested relations of the contemporary Dominican game and industry.
Dominican Baseball: Old Pride, New Prejudices (2014, Temple University Press) is his sixth book and the fourth with explores issues related to Major League Baseball’s globalization and organizational development in Latin America. Dr. Klein received his Ph. D. in Cultural Anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1977, where he also receive his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He has taught at Northeastern University since 1979.
Dr. Klein has developed research areas in Political Economy, Sport, Globalization and Masculinity and is the former president of the North American Society for Sport Sociology (1998-2000). His book Baseball on the Border: A Tale of Two Laredos (1997, Princeton University Press) was named “1997 Book of the Year” by NASSS. He currently sits on the editorial board of Sport in Society.
The author will be interviewed by attorney and writer Talmage Boston for this event.
This lecture is co-sponsored with LLILAS BENSON Latin American Studies and Collections.
Q and A: Patrick Hruby, journalist, April 4, noon in CMA 3.216.
Lecture: Dr. Harry Edwards, professor emeritus University of California - Berkeley, April 8, 9:30 am at the Dr. Harry Edwards Lecture in Sport and American Culture, presented by the McGarr Symposium on Sport and Society in SAC 2.106
Panel discussion: "Sports and Civil Rights" with Bill Russell, Jim Brown and Joe Morgan (moderated by Dr. Harry Edwards). April 9, 1:45 pm at Civil Rights Summit, sponsored by the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in the LBJ auditorium.
Lecture: Neil Leifer, photographer, April 25, 3:30 pm at the Frank Deford Lecture in Sports Journalism, presented by the McGarr Symposium on Sport and Society, in BMC 2.302.
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