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Alison Bell


BA(H) (Anthropology) Carleton University, 2005
Honours Thesis: "Left Skate First: A Study of Ritual and Superstition in Professional Hockey."

MA (Anthropology) Carleton University, 2007
Thesis: "From Pond to Pro: Hockey as a Symbol of Canadian National Identity."

PhD Candidate (Anthropology) Memorial University of Newfoundland
Thesis topic: the socialization and professionalization
practices among young male hockey players in Canada.

Research Interests

Play, sport, and games; performance and the spectacle; symbolic ritual and
superstition; masculinity, aggression, celebrity, and power; adolescence and
influence (esp. in rural communities); webcomics and science fiction as
cultural representation.



  • Bell, Alison. "An Afternoon in the Attic: Relics Bring a Legend to Life."
    Society for International Hockey Research Journal (to be published Winter

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Alison Bell