'Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!': Sport as a site for political activism and social change Academic Article uri icon


  • Is sport an appropriate forum for activists to engage in political protest? In recent years, this question has been the subject of conversations in households, public spaces such as barbershops and coffee shops, and social media and newsrooms, as various high-profile athletes have used their sport platforms to call attention to various social injustices existing within the US society. The purpose of the following interview is to provide further insight into this intersection between sport and politics and the use of sport as a site for political resistance and social change. Dave Zirin, a critical sports journalist, is the sports editor for The Nation and author of several books on the politics of sport. This interview with Dave Zirin offers a nuanced understanding on the recent occurrences involving athlete activism and the overall use of sport as a site for political activism and social change. Topics covered include race and racism in America, social responsibility, and social movements, among others.

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altmetric score

  • 48.9

author list (cited authors)

  • Agyemang, K., Singer, J. N., & Weems, A. J.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Agyemang, Kwame JA||Singer, John N||Weems, Anthony J

publication date

  • November 2020