Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season

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U of Nebraska Press, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 223 pages
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The National Basketball Association is a place where white fans and black players enact virtually every racial issue and tension in U.S. culture. Following the Seattle SuperSonics for an entire season, David Shields explores how, in a predominantly black sport, white fans?including especially himself?think about and talk about black heroes, black scapegoats, and black bodies. Critically acclaimed and highly controversial, Black Planet was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN USA Award, and was named one of the Top Ten Nonfiction Books of 1999 by Esquire, Newsday, Los Angeles Weekly, and

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User Review  - David Saad - Goodreads

This book is all about the National Basketball Association. David Shields the author of the book and the main character enters the world of basketball as an media reporter. He is trying to learn what ... Read full review

Review: Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

A highly readable account of modern basketball fandom. Shields' book covers the 1994-95 Sonics season. Sure he has a tendency to over-share, sure he reads between the race lines far too much, sure ... Read full review


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David Shields is the author of several other books, including the novels Dead Languages and Heroes (available in a Bison Books edition). His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper?s, and the Village Voice. Shields, a recent Guggenheim fellow, is a professor of English at the University of Washington. Gerald Graff is a professor of English and education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His most recent books are Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind and (with Cathy Birkenstein) ?They Say/I Say?: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing.

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