Race, sport, and British society by Ben Carrington

By Ben Carrington

Opposite to the preferred trust that recreation is an enviornment mostly loose from the corrosive results of racism, this e-book argues that racism is obvious all through British recreation. From taking part in fields and boardrooms of activities firms, to the workplaces of activities coverage makers and the media, this e-book breaks new floor in exhibiting how discourses of 'race' and country proceed to pervade our carrying life.
Looking at more than a few activities, together with soccer, rugby league and cricket, this booklet covers key issues such as:
* British nationalism and nationalist ideology
* racial technology and the photographs of Asian and black physicality
* activity, racism and the law
* black feminism and the problems of race, gender and sport
* the position of the media in perpetuating and not easy racial stereotypes.
Challenging the existing liberal view that recreation is one sector of society the place 'good race-relations' are constructed, this booklet deals a wealth of study fabric, and a powerful theoretical standpoint on modern British activity. it's going to hence be of significant curiosity to sociologists, activities reports scholars, recreation policy-makers and someone with an curiosity in modern British game.

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1996) ‘The Politics of Race and Sport: Resistance and domination in the 1968 African American Olympic protest movement’, in Ethnic and Racial Studies, 19 (3), July, pp. 548–566. —— (1998) ‘Review Symposium’ in International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 33 (1), March, pp. 89–92. Hayes, S. and Sugden, J. (1999) ‘Winning Through ‘‘Naturally’’ Still? An analysis of the perceptions held by physical education teachers towards the performance of black pupils in school sport and in the classroom’ in Race, Ethnicity and Education, 2 (1), pp.

Put another way, if racism did not exist the term ‘race’ would become meaningless. The speech marks therefore help alert us to the term’s problematic ontological status. We have avoided adopting a uniform policy in how ‘race’, and indeed racism, is used and defined in this volume. It will become apparent, either explicitly or implicitly, how each individual author addresses these issues. What is common, however, is the interrogation of ‘race’ as a natural process and social relation, and the desire to critique its operations manifest in various racisms.

In contrast we would argue that Cashmore significantly underplays the continuing importance of racism in structuring the life chances of young blacks in particular, and inadvertently reproduces many of the racial stereotypes concerning the supposed incompatibility and inherent deficiencies of black cultural life found in the arguments of cultural racists. Conversely, Verma and Darby’s (1994) empirical study of participation rates helped to dispel many myths about ethnic minority sports participation, especially the supposed lack of Asian sports involvement at the recreational level, but it lacked a sophisticated theoretical framework to contextualize the data examined.

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