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Race, Sport and Politics
The Sporting Black Diaspora

First Edition


August 2010 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Written by one of the leading international authorities on the sociology of race and sport, this is the first book to address sport's role in 'the making of race', the place of sport within black diasporic struggles for freedom and equality, and the contested location of sport in relation to the politics of recognition within contemporary multicultural societies.

Race, Sport and Politics shows how, during the first decades of the twentieth century, the idea of 'the natural black athlete' was invented in order to make sense of and curtail the political impact and cultural achievements of black sportswomen and men. More recently, 'the black athlete' as sign has become a highly commodified object within contemporary hyper-commercialized sports-media culture thus limiting the transformative potential of critically conscious black athleticism to re-imagine what it means to be both black and human in the twenty-first century.

Race, Sport and Politics will be of interest to students and scholars in sociology of culture and sport, the sociology of race and diaspora studies, postcolonial theory, cultural theory and cultural studies.
 
Introduction: Sport, the Black Athlete and the Remaking of Race
 
Sporting Resistance: Thinking Race and Sport Diasporically
 
Sporting Redemption: Violence, Desire and the Politics of Freedom
 
Sporting Negritude: Commodity Blackness and the Liberation of Failure
 
Sporting Multiculturalism: Nationalism, Belonging and Identity
 
Conclusion: Race, Sport and the Post-Colonial

The book was being considered as a supplemental text for my Social Problems course. Another text was adopted that focused on global problems.

Mr JoAnn Worthington
Sociol and Behavioral Sciences, Joliet Junior College
June 18, 2012

Engaging and relevant to anyone interested in the role sport has played in the political arena of 'race' equality.
The author contextualises the issues and complexities of (re)cognition of the Black athlete.

Ms Heather Allison
HALE, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
December 19, 2011

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