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Noel Dyck

Professor of Anthropology
Chair of the Undergraduate Program

PhD (Anthropology) University of Manchester;
MA (History) University of Saskatchewan;
BA (Honors in History) University of Saskatchewan

Email: ndyck@sfu.ca
Phone: 778-782-4511
Office: AQ5065

Research Interests

Social and urban anthropology; sport, childhood, and systems of administrative tutelage.

Dr. Noel Dyck, Professor of Social Anthropology, was educated at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Manchester. His career project has been to explore the social construction and political articulation of contemporary life through the lens of ethnographic inquiry. Recently his research has focused upon the anthropology of sport, childhood, movement, and urban life. But he has also written extensively about relations between Aboriginal peoples and governments. A former President of the Canadian Anthropology Society, he remains actively engaged in teaching, supervising and conducting ethnographic research.

Dr. Dyck's books include:

Fields of Play
(2012) University of Toronto Press


Young Men in Uncertain Times (co-edited with Vered Amit, 2011) Berghahn Books

Exploring Regimes of Discipline: The Dynamics of Restraint
(editor, 2008)

Claiming Individuality: The Politics of Cultural Distinction (co-edited with Vered Amit, 2006)

Sport, Dance and Embodied Identities (co-edited with Eduardo P. Archetti, 2003)

Games, Sports and Cultures (editor, 2000)

Differing Visions: Administering Indian Residential Schooling in Prince Albert, 1867-1995 (1997)

Anthropology, Public Policy and Native Peoples in Canada (co-edited with James B. Waldram, 1993)

What is the Indian 'Problem'? Tutelage and Resistance in Canadian Indian Administration (1991)

Indigenous Peoples and the Nation-State: Fourth World Politics in Canada, Australia and Norway (1985)

Research Awards and Funding


In the Shadow of the Games: An Anthropological Study of Child and Youth Sports in an Olympic City.
Principal Investigator

Coming of Age in an Era of Globalization: Achieving Cultural Distinction through Student Travel Abroad
Co-Investigator with Vered Amit, Anthropology, (Concordia)

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