Commodified and Criminalized: New Racism and African Americans in Contemporary Sports

Commodified and Criminalized: New Racism and African Americans in Contemporary Sports

by David J. Leonard
     
 

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Commodified and Criminalized examines the centrality of sport to discussions of racial ideologies and racist practices in the 21st century. It disputes familiar refrains of racial progress, arguing that athletes sit in a contradictory position masked by the logics of new racism and dominant white racial frames. Contributors discuss athletes ranging from Tiger Woods

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Commodified and Criminalized examines the centrality of sport to discussions of racial ideologies and racist practices in the 21st century. It disputes familiar refrains of racial progress, arguing that athletes sit in a contradictory position masked by the logics of new racism and dominant white racial frames. Contributors discuss athletes ranging from Tiger Woods and Serena Williams to Freddy Adu and Shani Davis.

Through dynamic case studies, Commodified and Criminalized unpacks the conversation between black athletes and colorblind discourse, while challenging the assumptions of contemporary sports culture. The contributors in this provocative collection push the conversation beyond the playing field and beyond the racial landscape of sports culture to explore the connections between sports representations and a broader history of racialized violence.

Editorial Reviews

Michael D. Giardina
Commodified and Criminalizedis timely and provocative—a direct assault on anti-Black racism in the contemporary moment. In chapters ranging in focus from Tiger Woods to Serena Williams, the collected authors challenge us to rethink the racial politics of sport and the cultural logics of its production, consumption, and representation. It is a must-read for anyone seeking to better understand the complex and contradictory discourses at work in the simultaneous celebration and demonization of Blackness and Black athletes.
Mary G. McDonald
David J. Leonard and C. Richard King have brought together an impressive collection of essays which demonstrate the significant role elite level sport plays in forging racial meaning and social relations. The book's ten essays written by leading sport scholars who draw from diverse methodological and theoretical approaches collectively demonstrate the various ways in which new racism is enacted and challenged in the 21st Century. Analyses of the discourses associated with such visible sport stars as KobeBryant, Tiger Woods, Venus and Serena Williams, Shani Davis, and Sheryl Swoopes reveal that far from a bastion of meritocracy, elite level sport is embedded in a commercial logic that simultaneously celebrates and demonizes black sporting bodies. Importantly, Commodified and Criminalized: New Racism and African Americans in Contemporary Sport is more than another book about sport—it serves as an invaluable resource for those seeking to understand the complex workings of whiteness, power and resistance in contemporary times.
Harry Edwards
A provocative, insightful and important survey of developments at the interface of diversity, sport and society and a must read for all who would understand the state, trajectory, and implications of human relations in American sports at the onset of the second decade of the 21st century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442206786
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/27/2012
Series:
Perspectives on a Multiracial America Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.99(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

David J. Leonard is associate professor of critical culture, gender, and race studies at Washington State University
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C. Richard King is professor and chair of critical culture, gender, and race studies at Washington State University.

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