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This Great Symbol of Hope: Examining the Predicament of the Modern Refugee through the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Author/​Artist:
Novogratz, Gabriela [Browse]
Format:
Senior thesis
Language:
English
Advisor(s):
Clark-Deces, Isabelle R. [Browse]
Department:
Princeton University. Department of Anthropology [Browse]
Class year:
2017
Summary note:
In this work, I survey and interrogate the relationship between nationalism, the proverbial refugee, and its global image through the portal of the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In doing so, I uncover how the team challenges, contradicts, affirms, and illuminates multi-layered social realities of “refugee-ness” within the globalizing world. Additionally, I bring to light how the ROT calls to question the fixity of the nation-state and stresses the arbitrary manner in which "cultures" and "nations" are conceptualized.