Ice dancing to arirang in the 2018 pyeongchang winter olympic games: The intersection of music, identity, and sport

Doo Jae Park, Na Ri Shin, Synthia Sydnor, Caitlin Clarke

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Abstract

This cultural-interpretive essay offers critical commentary on Koreanness, racial ideology, hegemonic racial power, and racialized cultural taste with the aim of interpreting the sport-music nexus by examining a case of the interface between music and sport: The authors focus on the case of the Olympic ice dance that the South Korean team performed for the Korean traditional folk song Arirang at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. The authors argue that music and sport can be understood as a semiological system that shapes non-Whites' ideological belief system. In addition, this essay engages with a discussion of cultural classification that often racializes skaters of color as the aforementioned are informed by Orientalism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-87
Number of pages10
JournalSociology of Sport Journal
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

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