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The New Plantation: Black Athletes, College Sports, and Predominantly White NCAA Institutions
     

The New Plantation: Black Athletes, College Sports, and Predominantly White NCAA Institutions

by B. Hawkins
 

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The New Plantation examines the controversial relationship between predominantly White NCAA Division I Institutions (PWI's) and Black athletes, utilizing an internal colonial model. It provides a much-needed in-depth analysis to fully comprehend the magnitude of the forces at work that impact Black athletes' experiences at PWI's Hawkins' work is a call for academic

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The New Plantation examines the controversial relationship between predominantly White NCAA Division I Institutions (PWI's) and Black athletes, utilizing an internal colonial model. It provides a much-needed in-depth analysis to fully comprehend the magnitude of the forces at work that impact Black athletes' experiences at PWI's Hawkins' work is a call for academic reform, collective accountability from the communities that bear the burden of nurturing this athletic talent and the institutions that benefit from it, and collective consciousness to the Black male athletes that make up the largest percentage of athletes who generate the most revenue for the NCSS and its member institutions. Its hope is to promote a balanced exchange in the athletic services rendered and the educational services promised.

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"This is an informed, introspective, and insightful analysis of the experiences of Black athletes in predominantly White universities. From his vantage points as a former college athlete and a current faculty member, author Billy Hawkins shines a bright light on the ways that skin color, ideas about race, and the organization of major college campuses and athletic departments influence the lives of these athletes. Anyone wanting to know about the challenges faced by Black athletes as they navigate their way through a complex maze of academic, social, and sport experiences should read this book." - Jay Coakley, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and author of Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies (10th edition, 2009)

"Hawkins' new book will likely become a classic on the racial dynamics of big-time collegiate athletics. By drawing parallels between colonialism, the American slave system, and the structure of the athletic-industrial complex, he makes a powerful case that America's predominantly white universities give far greater priority to exploiting the bodies of black male athletes than to developing their minds. Black athletes, argues Hawkins, are often viewed with 'amused contempt' by the White population they have been recruited to entertain. Hawkins acknowledges that racial progress has been made in America, but uses college sport as a poignant example of how institutional racism can perpetuate racial stereotypes." - Allen Sack, Professor, College of Business, University of New Haven and author of Counterfeit Amateurs: An Athlete's Journey Through the Sixties to the Age of Academic Capitalism

"Well organized and researched, richly contextualized, and effectively theorized, this book provides an important counterargument for those who see intercollegiate athletics as a road to social mobility and justice. . . . Summing up: Essential." - D.A. Nathan, Skidmore College, December 2010 Issue of CHOICE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230615175
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
02/12/2010
Edition description:
2010
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Billy Hawkins is Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on racial issues in the context of collegiate and professional sports. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. His previous research and scholarly contributions have addressed the experiences of intercollegiate Black athletes, the media representation of Black male and Black male athletes, religion and sport, youth and sport, and physical activity and African American women

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