The anthropology of athletes

Doing anthropological fieldwork is not always easy. That’s what Kamiel Arents found out last year when he did his Master’s in social and cultural anthropology at the VU. He made a short film about his fieldwork, giving an informative and funny impression of what it can be like to do anthropology. Kamiel had decided to go to London to study athletes training for the Olympic Games in 2012. He soon realized that there were quite a few hurdles he had to face himself to make his project work.

But to our students who are now ‘in the field’ we say: don’t despair! Thanks to the help of his “key-informants”, advice from his supervisor and, before all, his own perseverance, Kamiel was able to overcome his struggles and complete his Master’s Thesis successfully!

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