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

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Talking about race and sports almost always leads to trouble. Rush Limbaugh's stint as an NFL commentator came to an abrupt end when he made off-handed comments about black quarterback Donovan McNabb. Cincinnati Reds' owner Marge Schott and CBS commentator Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder also landed in hot water for public remarks that most people construed as racist. Ask a simple question along these lines—"Why do African Americans dominate the NBA?"—and watch the sparks fly. It is precisely this flashpoint that Amy ...

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Talking about race and sports almost always leads to trouble. Rush Limbaugh's stint as an NFL commentator came to an abrupt end when he made off-handed comments about black quarterback Donovan McNabb. Cincinnati Reds' owner Marge Schott and CBS commentator Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder also landed in hot water for public remarks that most people construed as racist. Ask a simple question along these lines—"Why do African Americans dominate the NBA?"—and watch the sparks fly. It is precisely this flashpoint that Amy Bass seeks to explore. Sports wield a tremendous amount of cultural power in the United States and around the world, and often influence our ideas about race. In the Game is a collection of essays by top thinkers on race that survey this treacherous terrain. They engage topics like boxer Joe Louis's iconic status during the Jim Crow era, how blacks shaped the NFL in the 1970s, American Indian sports team mascots, and soccer in Argentina.

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403965707
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/20/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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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Table of Contents

"No Compromise with Slavery! No Union with Slaveholders," or, Who Was the Last Team to Intergrate?: An Introduction—Amy Bass

Part I: Heroes

• "Richie" Allen, Whitey's Ways, and Me: A Political Education in the 1960s: Matthew Frye Jacobson

• In Sports the Best Man Wins: How Joe Louis Whupped Jim Crow—Theresa E. Runstedtler

Part II: Fans

• Race and Silence in Argentine Football—Grant Farred

• Reading and Rereading the Game: Reflections on West Indies Cricket—Jennifer Scanlon and Michael Arthur

• Wa a o, wa ba ski na me ska ta!: "Indian" Mascots and the Pathology of Anti-Indigenous Racism—David Anthony Tyeeme Clark

Part III: Aesthetics

• Backfield in Motion: The Transformation of NFL Football by Black Culture—Joel Dinerstein

• The Harmonizing Nation: Mexico and the 1968 Olympics—Eric Zolov

Part IV: Futures

• Courtside: Race and Basketball in the Works of John Edgar Wideman—Tracie Church Guzzio

• The Stepping Stone: Larry Holmes, Gerry Cooney, and Rocky—Carlo Rotella

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2005

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

    This book was given to me for a class, but I gave it to my dad for Chirstmas. It is so interesting to think about sports in a way that is more than just sports.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2005

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

    This is a great book that puts sports in a good perspective and shows just how important sports are to how America works. Smart but easy to read, interesting and wide-ranging. Great stuff.

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