Resisting Resistance: Activism In/And the Political Economy of Intercollegiate Athletics

Anthony J. Weems – Florida International University
Yannick Kluch – Virginia Commonwealth University

Drawing from political economic analysis, this essay argues the structural and ideological function of college sport is to maintain hegemonic order in the face of athlete activism. Briefly outlining the political economy of college sport, the authors point to how this political economy actively constrains athlete activism as a counter-hegemonic challenge. The authors discuss implications in the context of scholarly activism and call for a more radical, integrative orientation to research and teaching in relation to sporting activism(s). In doing so, this essay argues there is potential to challenge hegemonic structures that minimize agency and ultimately reshape the political economy of college sport in a way that creates a more equitable and holistically generative set of relations.