In the Game: Race Identity and Sports in the Twentieth Century

In the Game: Race Identity and Sports in the Twentieth Century

by Amy Bass
     
 

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Bass (history, College of New Rochelle) presents nine papers exploring ideas of race, ethnicity, and the nation as they arise in the study of sport culture around the world. Influenced by the work of C.L.R. James and his followers, the papers tackle such topics as the discursive strategies of black male supremacies used to frame boxer Joe Louis as a critique of social…  See more details below

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Bass (history, College of New Rochelle) presents nine papers exploring ideas of race, ethnicity, and the nation as they arise in the study of sport culture around the world. Influenced by the work of C.L.R. James and his followers, the papers tackle such topics as the discursive strategies of black male supremacies used to frame boxer Joe Louis as a critique of social injustice, receptions of Argentine soccer star Juan Sebastian Veron as manipulations of racial perceptions of self, the role of cricket in the postcolonial struggle around Caribbean identity, and manifestations of the black aesthetic in American football, among other topics. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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"Hard-hitting and well-researched, Amy Bass has put together a book that peels back the layers and looks inside the sports world we love." - Dan Shaughnessy, author, Reversing the Curse.

"This wonderful collection elevates the discussion of race, racism and sport. Incisive, geographically ranging, and richly historical, the essays gathered here are also luminous, passionate, and fun to read. For those with a love of the game, the pleasures of the text await. For those with critical and scholarly interests in race, culture and politics, this fine volume shows why the terrain of sport should not be ignored." - Nikhil Pal Singh, author, Black is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy

"Amy Bass has produced a focused and coherent anthology which challenges the empirical, theoretical, and political protocols that presently dominate sport oriented research on race and racial difference. The essays in this book offer convincingly argued and beautifully written accounts that expose new and important lines of inquiry. The broad interdisciplinarity of In the Game makes it a significant contribution to various intellectual domains, including American studies, ethnic and race studies, history, and the sociology of culture. Sport, as a social and historical phenomenon, has long threatened to become incorporated into the academic mainstream; the broad based relevance and incisiveness of In the Game will, no doubt, assist in the realization of this long overdue recognition. An important book, at an important time." - David L. Andrews, Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230256668
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/20/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
763 KB

Meet the Author

Amy Bass is an assistant professor of history at the College of New Rochelle and is author of Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympics and the Making of the Black Athlete (2002). She lives in New York City.

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