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This is the first book-length study to address sport's role in ‘the making of race’, the place of sport within black diasporic struggles for freedom and equality, and the contested location of sport in relation to the politics of recognition within contemporary western multicultural societies. Race, Sport and Politics shows that over the past century sport has occupied a dominant position within Western culture in producing ideas of racial difference and alterity while providing a powerful and public modality for forms of black cultural resistance.
Written by one of the leading international authorities on the sociology of race and sport, it is the first book that centrally locates sport within the cultural politics of the black diaspora and will be of relevance to students and scholars ...
Chapter 4: Sporting Multiculturalism: Nationalism, Belonging and Identity
Sporting Multiculturalism: Nationalism, Belonging and Identity
What, then, are the major preoccupations that help to make up the attitude of the average Briton towards colored people? As has been said, a colored skin, especially when combined with Negroid features, is associated with alienness and with the lowest social status. Primitiveness, savagery, violence, sexuality, general lack of control, sloth, irresponsibility – all these are part of the image. On the more favorable side, Negroid peoples are often credited with athletic, artistic, and musical gifts, and with an appealing and childlike simplicity which is in no way incompatible with the remainder of the image. (Sheila Patterson)
The black diaspora culture currently being articulated in postcolonial Britain is concerned to struggle for different ways ...