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In the Game

Race, Identity, and Sports in the Twentieth Century

Editors: Bass, A. (Ed.)

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About this book

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 some off-handed comments about the Philadelphia Eagles' black quarterback, Donovan McNabb. 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 the contributors to this volume seek to explore. Professional and amateur sports wield a tremendous amount of cultural power in the United States and around the world, and racial, ethnic, and national identities are often played out through them. In the Game collects essays by top thinkers on race that survey this treacherous terrain. They engage fascinating topics like race and cricket in the West Indies, how black culture shaped the NFL in the 1970s, the famed black-on-white Cooney/Holmes boxing bout, and American Indian mascots for sports teams.

About the authors

AMY BASS is an Assistant Professor of history at the College of New Rochelle, USA and is author of Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympics and the Making of the Black Athlete (2002).

Reviews

"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


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bass, Amy

    Pages 1-16

  • “Richie” Allen, Whitey’s Ways, and Me: A Political Education in the 1960s

    Jacobson, Matthew Frye

    Pages 19-46

  • In Sports the Best Man Wins

    Runstedtler, Theresa E.

    Pages 47-92

  • Race and Silence in Argentine Football

    Farred, Grant

    Pages 95-115

  • Reading and Rereading the Game

    Arthur, Michael (et al.)

    Pages 117-135

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
In the Game
Book Subtitle
Race, Identity, and Sports in the Twentieth Century
Editors
  • A. Bass
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Amy Bass
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-8045-8
DOI
10.1057/9781403980458
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6570-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-52905-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 273
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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