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In examining race in sport, this book is an essential contribution to debates about sports policy, the role of sport in society, and the globalization/localization of sports policies. In particular, it maps out local, national and international responses within sport to racism, and initiatives within sport to tackle racism in and through sport. The unifying concept through the chapters is a political and intellectual commitment to a critically realist position on racism. 

This collection, including an international line-up of contributors, assesses anti-racism strategies in the context of practices, policies and challenges. Combining empirical research with more theoretically-framed understandings of policies about and towards racism, this book is more than a set of case studies of different experiences: its goal is to map the dimensions of the challenge to racism in and through sport.


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In examining race in sport, this book is an essential contribution to debates about sports policy, the role of sport in society, and the globalization/localization of sports policies. In particular, it maps out local, national and international responses within sport to racism, and initiatives within sport to tackle racism in and through sport. The unifying concept through the chapters is a political and intellectual commitment to a critically realist position on racism. 

This collection, including an international line-up of contributors, assesses anti-racism strategies in the context of practices, policies and challenges. Combining empirical research with more theoretically-framed understandings of policies about and towards racism, this book is more than a set of case studies of different experiences: its goal is to map the dimensions of the challenge to racism in and through sport.


Reviews

'Captivating.' - Sport, Education and Society
 
'The collection does,a good job of highlighting the main policy and theoretical struggles in the field and would make for a fine reader, a good 'benchmark' piece for reference as the field expands, as well as a launch point for further inquiry into the nuances of theoretical and substantive positions adopted and advocated in the book.' - Leisure/Loisir
 
'a most welcome addition to the literature on the politics of race, anti-racism and sports policy, which has relevance and application for students and policy makers. This is a text that will appeal to undergraudate and postgraduates students.' - Kath Woodward, Leisure Studies


Contents


Foreword by Lord Herman Ouseley
Introduction: Positioning Anti-Racism in Sport and Sport in Anti-Racism; J.Long & K.Spracklen
Thinking 'Race' and Ethnicity in (Dutch) Sports Policy and Research; J.van Sterkenburg
PART I: PRACTICES
'In This Shrinking World': 'Race', the Olympics and the Wind of Change; S.Wagg
The Post-Apartheid Scenario in South Africa; S.Ramsamy
Using Charters and Standards to Promote Anti-Racism in Sport; K.Spracklen & J.Long
'What I said was racist - but I'm not a racist': Anti-Racism and the White Sports/Media Complex; B.Carrington
Race Matters In Australian Sport; C.Tatz
PART II: IDENTITIES 
Natural Born Athletes? Australian Aboriginal People and the Double-edged Lure of Professional Sport; D.Adair & M.Stronach
Just a Dream? Structure, Power, and Agency in Basketball; S.N.Brooks
Global Integration in the Nation: The Emergence of Non-white Athletes and Antiracist Initiatives in Norwegian Elite Sport; M.Andersson
Gender and Cultural Diversity in Australian Sport; C.Foley, T.Taylor & H.Maxwell
PART III: CHALLENGES
Marching Altogether? Football Fans Taking a Stand Against Racism; P.Thomas
It's Not as Simple as Black and White: Challenging Racism in Professional Football through Locally Grounded Multi-agency Collaboration; S.Bradbury
Does Diversity in Sport Reduce Racial Prejudice?; G.B.Cunningham
Too Radical? Critical Race Theory and Sport Against Racism in Ireland; K.Hylton
So What Has Changed (and What has to Change)?; J.Long & K.Spracklen
Bibliography


Authors


JONATHAN LONG is a Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. His primary research interests are with issues of social justice and social change, which have resulted in him directing a suite of projects on the nature and extent of racism in sport. He is also on the Accreditation Panel for the Equality Standard for professional football clubs.
 
KARL SPRACKLEN is a Principal Lecturer in Socio-Cultural Aspects of Sport and Leisure at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. He has published papers on sport, identity and racism and his previous publications include The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He is an Assessor for the UK Equality Standard for Sport.