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Dr Michael Crawley

Assistant Professor


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Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology  

Biography

I am a social anthropologist specialising in the study of sport, development and self-tracking. 

My doctoral thesis is the first ever ethnographic account of the emic regimes of subjectification adopted by Ethiopian runners. Its overall argument is that an awareness of the energetic quality of human existence can give rise to distinct ways of relating to oneself and others. 

My first book, Out of Thin Air: Running Wisdom and Magic From Above the Clouds in Ethiopia (Bloomsbury, 2020) was longlisted for the Ondaatje Prize. 

Research interests

  • Ethiopia
  • Running
  • Competition
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Energy
  • Co-operation
  • Sport
  • Migration

Esteem Indicators

  • 0000: : 'Out of Thin Air' nominated for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize. ;

Publications

Authored book

  • Crawley, M. (2020). Out of Thin Air: Running Wisdom and Magic From Above the Clouds in Ethiopia. Bloomsbury.

Chapter in book

  • (2021). "This is Business!" Ethiopian Runners in a Global Market Place. In Sport, Migration and Gender in the Neoliberal Age. Routledge.

Journal Article

Supervision students