UBC has a number of experts ready to comment on the phenomena of “strategic nationalism” – where hockey fever can induce patriotism – the lightning quick mood changes within social media and the different faces of pride, from authentic to hubristic.
Laura Moss, Director of the UBC International Canadian Studies Centre, and Assoc. Professor, Canadian Literature, Dept. of English
- Canadians’ reaction to the games, displays of “strategic nationalism” and sports patriotism, responses to the Cultural Olympiad, how Canada is depicted according to or against stereotypes by media
Jessica Tracy, Asst. Professor, Dept of Psychology
- How individuals and nations can feel either authentic or boastful pride and what function these emotions serve. Tracy has found that the pride and shame that Olympic athletes express are universal biological reactions and not learned responses. To read about her studies, visit: http://bit.ly/cGseyy
Alfred Hermida, Asst. Professor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism
- Games-related conversations and expressions of patriotism on Twitter and other social media
Michael Byers, Professor, Canadian Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law
- Canada’s dreams of gold fuel pride, just as they do in other winter sport obsessed nations such as Russia, Germany, Norway and Sweden, especially in a high-octane event like men’s hockey.
Doug Clement, Human Kinetics
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- Sports medicine, coaching, the Olympic experience (participated in nine Games)
Robert Hindmarch, School of Human Kinetics (Prof. Emeritus)
- General manager of Canada’s UBC-based 1964 Olympic hockey team, former vice-president of Canadian Olympic Association
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