In the Game

Race, Identity, and Sports in the Twentieth Century

  • Editors
  • Amy Bass

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Amy Bass
      Pages 1-16
  3. Heroes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Theresa E. Runstedtler
      Pages 47-92
  4. Fans

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Grant Farred
      Pages 95-115
    3. Michael Arthur, Jennifer Scanlon
      Pages 117-135
    4. David Anthony Tyeeme Clark
      Pages 137-166
  5. Aesthetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Joel Dinerstein
      Pages 169-189
    3. Eric Zolov
      Pages 191-217
  6. Futures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Tracie Church Guzzio
      Pages 221-236
    3. Carlo Rotella
      Pages 237-263
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 265-273

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.


Africa African Americans identity Nation transformation USA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-52905-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4039-8045-8
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