Lecture: "Dominican Baseball: Old Pride, New Predjudices"
Wed, March 5, 2014 • 2:00 PM • 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: Old Pride, New Prejudices (2014, Temple University Press), 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 is his sixth book and the fourth which explores issues related to Major League Baseball’s globalization and organizational development in Latin America. Dr. Klein received his PhD 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.
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