Baseball, America’s national pastime, is an arena in which players behave re-markably like Malinowski’s Trobriand fishermen. To professional ballplayers, baseball is more than just a game. It is an occupation. Since their livelihoods de-pend on how well they perform, many use magic to try to control the chance that is built into baseball.
To professional ballplayers, baseball is more than just a game. It is an occupation. Since their livelihoods de-pend on how well they perform, many use magic to try to control the chance that is ...
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In Baseball Magic, George Gmelch further expands on anthropologists Bronislaw Malinowski’s observation of when people turn to magic or supernatural powers when they are placed in a situation where the outcome is beyond their control and essentially uncertain. Magic plays different roles in...
Baseball Magic---> In the article "Baseball Magic" by George Gmelch‚ it talks about how players and their rituals they perform before a game. The whole idea is to show how two different cultures‚ American Baseball and the Trobriand Islanders both have the same idea. That idea being that if you change your way of doing something it ultimately ruin you.
In baseball, the phrase "magic number" is used to determine how close a team is to making the playoffs or winning the division. It becomes prominent every year in September as teams begin closing in on clinching. A team's magic number represents the combination of wins needed by that team and losses by its closest competitor to clinch a given goal.
In "Baseball Magic", George Gmlech uses the example of baseball players to give us the possibility to approach religion in a different manner. I really thought at the beginning that the ethnography would be based on a specific religion e.g. Catholicism, Judaism or other ones and maybe related it to baseball (even if it seems like it doesn't make sense).
Download. Baseball Magic - Anthropology. 1 Article 32 Baseball Magic George Gmelch On each pitching day for the first three months of a winning season, Dennis Grossini, a pitcher on a Detroit Tiger farm. Category: All.
Baseball Magic by George Gmelch. Kirsty Anne Prescott. April 24 th (Due Date April 23) ANT1001 TV24A. Accounting ( 2 nd yr.) Baseball Magic by George Gmelch. George Gmelch's piece Baseball magic is a classic example of a piece makes you rethink what you thought you knew. I would have never linked a relationship between Religion and the practices that baseball teams or individuals have on a day to day basis.
-Magic is more common in the activities of pitching and hitting than in fielding, which like Trobriand open-sea fishing, depend as much upon skill as upon the ineptitude of the opposition, and upon luck. -Baseball magic includes rituals, taboos and fetishes. -Players ritualized any activity that they somehow link to good performance.