Darwin's Athletes: How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race

Darwin's Athletes: How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race

by John Hoberman
     
 

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DARWIN'S ATHLETES focuses on society's fixation with black athletic achievement. Hoberman argues that this obsession has come to play a troubling role in African American life and our country's race relations. Rich, flamboyant superstars lend credence to age-old prejudices, recycled "scientific" theories denigrating black intelligence, and stereotypes of black

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DARWIN'S ATHLETES focuses on society's fixation with black athletic achievement. Hoberman argues that this obsession has come to play a troubling role in African American life and our country's race relations. Rich, flamboyant superstars lend credence to age-old prejudices, recycled "scientific" theories denigrating black intelligence, and stereotypes of black violence. This portrayal of black identity encourages a disdain for academic achievement already too widespread among black males. Darwin's Athletes is a powerful indictment of modern sport's racial spectacle.

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"You should buy Darwin's Athletes . . . It's provocative, disturbing, important." The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395822920
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/03/1997
Series:
Edition 001 Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author


Hoberman, the author of Mortal Engines: The Science of Performance and Dehumanization of Sport, lives in Austin, Texas.

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