Race, Sport and Politics: The Sporting Black Diaspora

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SAGE Publications, Aug 1, 2010 - Social Science - 216 pages
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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.

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Ben Carrington teaches sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, and is a Carnegie Visiting Research Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University. His research interests include the politics of race and sport within the black Diaspora, masculinity and national identity formation, and the nature of cultural resistance within the arena of popular culture.

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