Bound Volume Number


Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Summer 8-9-2017

Capstone Advisor

Francine D'Amico

Honors Reader

Himika Bhattacharya

Capstone Major

Political Science

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component



olymics, marginalization

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

International Relations


“Politics of Exclusion: An Analysis of the Intersections of Marginalized Identities and the Olympic Industry” analyzes the policing power of the Olympic governing bodies and the media on marginalized athletes in the Olympic Games and the ways in which this system constructs norms of gender, race, class, and sexuality. By employing intersectional, Black feminist, research methods in four case studies over the span of Modern Olympic history, this research centers the stories and experiences of Babe Didrikson, Tidye Pickett, Caster Semenya and Chris Mosier to expose the discriminatory and exclusive practices of the Olympic Industry. The case studies reveal the ways in which the Olympic Industry systematically limits the participation of marginalized athletes and highlight progress toward a truly inclusive Olympic Games

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