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Disrupting the disruptor : perceptions as institutional maintenance work at the 1968 Olympic Games / Kwame J.A. Agyemang , Brennan K. Berg , Rhema D. Fuller

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Berg, Brennan K. | Fuller, Rhema D. | Agyemang, Kwame J.A.

How people reflect on and discuss protests at sporting events is a relevant question of interest to sport management scholars. This article uses qualitative data to understand how institutional members reflect on and discuss a disruptive act that violates institutional rules and norms. The authors study the historical case of Tommie Smith and John Carlos’ silent protest at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. Relying on interview data from Smith and Carlos’ teammates (59) on the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team, the study highlights the connections between institutional maintenance work, institutional logics, and institutions.

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