Sporting Blackness

Sporting Blackness

Sporting Blackness examines issues of race and representation in sports films, exploring what it means to embody, perform, play out, and contest blackness by representations of Black athletes on screen.

Author: Samantha N. Sheppard

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780520307797

Category: African Americans in motion pictures

Page: 264

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Sporting Blackness examines issues of race and representation in sports films, exploring what it means to embody, perform, play out, and contest blackness by representations of Black athletes on screen. By presenting new critical terms, Sheppard analyzes not only "skin in the game," or how racial representation shapes the genre's imagery, but also "skin in the genre," or the formal consequences of blackness on the sport film genre's modes, codes, and conventions. Through a rich interdisciplinary approach, Sheppard argues that representations of Black sporting bodies contain "critical muscle memories": embodied, kinesthetic, and cinematic histories that go beyond a film's plot to index, circulate, and reproduce broader narratives about Black sporting and non-sporting experiences in American society.
Categories: African Americans in motion pictures

Sporting Blackness

Sporting Blackness

underscores not only sport cinema actor déjà vu, but also sports culture's ... Sporting Blackness studies distinct representational tropes and their formal ...

Author: Samantha N. Sheppard

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780520307773

Category: African Americans in motion pictures

Page: 264

View: 333

Sporting Blackness examines issues of race and representation in sports films, exploring what it means to embody, perform, play out, and contest blackness by representations of Black athletes on screen. By presenting new critical terms, Sheppard analyzes not only "skin in the game," or how racial representation shapes the genre's imagery, but also "skin in the genre," or the formal consequences of blackness on the sport film genre's modes, codes, and conventions. Through a rich interdisciplinary approach, Sheppard argues that representations of Black sporting bodies contain "critical muscle memories": embodied, kinesthetic, and cinematic histories that go beyond a film's plot to index, circulate, and reproduce broader narratives about Black sporting and non-sporting experiences in American society.
Categories: African Americans in motion pictures

Sporting Realities

Sporting Realities

She studies the rhetoric of sport ... Her book Sporting Blackness: Race, Embodiment, and Critical Muscle Memory on Screen is forthcoming from University of ...

Author: Samantha N. Sheppard

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9781496222473

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 258

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Despite the increasing number of popular and celebrated sports documentaries in contemporary culture, such as ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, there has been little scholarly engagement with this genre. Sports documentaries, like all films, do not merely showcase objective reality but rather construct specific versions of sporting culture that serve distinct economic, industrial, institutional, historical, and sociopolitical ends ripe for criticism, contextualization, and exploration. Sporting Realities brings together a diverse group of scholars to probe the sports documentary’s cultural meanings, aesthetic practices, industrial and commercial dimensions, and political contours across historical, social, medium-specific, and geographic contexts. It considers and critiques the sports documentary’s visible and powerful position in contemporary culture and forges novel connections between the study of nonfiction media and sport.
Categories: Performing Arts

Resisting McDonaldization

Resisting McDonaldization

... normalization, spectacle) involve colour-blindness while making and remaking the signs of African American sporting blackness. Their use folds blackness ...

Author: Barry Smart

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780857026187

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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George Ritzer's McDonaldization thesis argued that contemporary life is succumbing to the standardization, flexibility and practicability of fast-food service. This book brings together specially commissioned papers by leading social and cultural analysts to engage in a critical appraisal of the thesis. The contributors discuss the roots of the thesis, the rationalization of late modern life, the effects of increasing cultural commodification, the continuing prominence of American cultural and economic imperialism and the impact of globalization on social and cultural life. The strengths and weaknesses of the McDonaldization thesis are clearly evaluated and the irrational consequences of rationalization are pinpointed and critically developed. The book enlarges our understanding of how everyday life is structured by new standards of bureaucratic control and performance-related criteria and plays a major role in illuminating how identity and practice are structured today. The volume concludes with a response from George Ritzer.
Categories: Social Science

Racism and English Football

Racism and English Football

... and the consumption of black sporting prowess occurs equally in invidious, ... (2019) refers to as the 'uber-sport assemblage' – with sporting blackness ...

Author: Daniel Burdsey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000210095

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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Racism and English Football: For Club and Country analyses the contemporary manifestations, outcomes and implications of the fractious relationship between English professional football and race. Racism, we were told, had disappeared from English football. It was relegated to a distant past, and displaced onto other European countries. When its appearance could not be denied, it was said to have reappeared. This book reveals that this was not true. Racism did not go away and did not return. It was here all along. The book argues that racism is firmly embedded and historically rooted in the game’s structures, cultures and institutions, and operates as a form of systemic discrimination. It addresses the ways that racism has tainted English football, and the manner in which football has, in turn, influenced racial meanings and formations in wider society. Equally, it explores how football has facilitated forms of occupational multiculture, black player activism and progressive fan politics that resist divisive social phenomena and offer a degree of hope for an alternative future. Focusing on a diverse range of topics, in men’s and women’s football, at club and international level, Racism and English Football extends and expands our knowledge of how racism occurs and, critically, how it can be challenged. This is an essential read for scholars and students working on race, ethnicity, sport and popular culture, together with those interested in the social and organisational dynamics of English professional football more generally.
Categories: Social Science

DIY Football

DIY Football

... given to the history of 'black' football and 'black' sport in Britain has ... negative perceptions of sporting blackness held by sport's (mainly white) ...

Author: Peter Kennedy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351771368

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 118

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The intention of the book is to highlight the development of a type of football organisation that falls outside of the well documented elite professional game, the most recognizable face of the sport. Specifically, the focus here will fall upon community based football clubs which have grown out of the grassroots game. Well known examples of these clubs in Britain are the Bristol organisation, Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls, and the Leeds based Republica Internationale – both of these clubs have forged links with similarly motivated organisations in other countries who regularly come together in tournaments to express solidarity. Collectively, these clubs have sometimes been referred to as forming a ‘DIY culture’ in football. Their defining characteristics being variously described as anti-commercial, democratically constituted, advocating social responsibility and inclusiveness, and holding an outlook of solidarity that, in some cases, involves political education. This book was originally published as a special issue of Sport in Society.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

L A Rebellion

L A  Rebellion

She is currently working on a book titled Sporting Blackness: Embodiment and Performance in Sports Films. Her work has appeared in Cinema Journal and she is ...

Author: Allyson Field

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520284685

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 488

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"L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema is the first book dedicated to the films and filmmakers of the L.A. Rebellion, a group of African and African American independent film and video artists that formed at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the 1970s and 1980s. The group--including Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, Haile Gerima, Billy Woodberry, Jamaa Fanaka, and Zeinabu irene Davis--shared a desire to create alternatives to the dominant modes of narrative, style, and practice in American cinema, works that reflected the full complexity of Black experiences. This landmark collection of essays and oral histories examines the creative output of the L.A. Rebellion, contextualizing the group's film practices and offering sustained analyses of the wide range of works, with particular attention to newly discovered films and lesser-known filmmakers. Based on extensive archival work and preservation, this collection includes a complete filmography of the movement, over 100 illustrations (most of which are previously unpublished), and a bibliography of primary and secondary materials. This is an indispensible sourcebook for scholars and enthusiasts, establishing the key role played by the L.A. Rebellion within the histories of cinema, Black visual culture, and postwar art in Los Angeles"--Provided by publisher.
Categories: Performing Arts

From Madea to Media Mogul

From Madea to Media Mogul

She is currently working on a book manuscript titled Sporting Blackness: Race and Embodiment and Sports Films. Ben Raphael Sher is Vice President of ...

Author: TreaAndrea M. Russworm

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496807052

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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For over a decade, Tyler Perry has been a lightning rod for both criticism and praise. To some he is most widely known for his drag performances as Madea, a self-proclaimed "mad black woman," not afraid to brandish a gun or a scalding pot of grits. But to others who watch the film industry, he is the businessman who by age thirty-six had sold more than $100 million in tickets, $30 million in videos, $20 million in merchandise, and was producing 300 projects each year viewed by 35,000 every week. Is the commercially successful African American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, and producer "malt liquor for the masses," an "embarrassment to the race!," or is he a genius who has directed the most culturally significant American melodramas since Douglas Sirk? Are his films and television shows even melodramas, or are they conservative Christian diatribes, cheeky camp, or social satires? Do Perry's flattened narratives and character tropes irresponsibly collapse important social discourses into one-dimensional tales that affirm the notion of a "post-racial" society? In light of these debates, From Madea to Media Mogul makes the argument that Tyler Perry must be understood as a figure at the nexus of converging factors, cultural events, and historical traditions. Contributors demonstrate how a critical engagement with Perry's work and media practices highlights a need for studies to grapple with developing theories and methods on disreputable media. These essays challenge value-judgment criticisms and offer new insights on the industrial and formal qualities of Perry's work.
Categories: Social Science

New Sporting Femininities

New Sporting Femininities

While Williams is exotic within tennis, conjuring up our imaginings of the dangers and excitement of urban Blackness, those very same imaginings frightens ...

Author: Kim Toffoletti

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319724812

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 334

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This edited collection critically explores new and emerging models of female athleticism in an era characterised as postfeminist. It approaches postfeminism through a critical lens to investigate new forms of politics being practised by women in physical activity, sport and online spaces at the intersections of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and ability. New Sporting Femininities features chapters on celebrity athletes such as Serena Williams and Ronda Rousey, alongside studies of the online fitspo movement and women’s growing participation in activities like roller derby, skateboarding and football. In doing so, it highlights key issues and concerns facing diverse groups of women in a rapidly changing gender-sport landscape. This collection sheds new light on the complex and often contradictory ways that women’s athletic participation is promoted, experienced and embodied in the context of postfeminism, commodity feminism and emerging forms of popular feminism.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Asian American Sporting Cultures

Asian American Sporting Cultures

As David Leonard described in his own analysis of Linsanity, “'Asianness' has often located Asian Americans outside of African American blackness, ...

Author: Stanley I. Thangaraj

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479840168

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Asian American Sporting Cultures delves into the American sports arena to explore the long history of Asian American sporting cultures and considers how identities and communities are negotiated on sporting fields. Through a close examination of Asian American sporting cultures ranging from boxing and basketball to spelling bees and wrestling, the contributors reveal the intimate connection between sport and identity formation. Sport plays a special role in the processes of citizen-making and of the policing of national and diasporic bodies. It is thus one key area in which Asian American stereotypes may be challenged, negotiated, and destroyed as athletic performances create multiple opportunities for claiming American identities. This volume incorporates work on Pacific Islander, South Asian, and Southeast Asian Americans as well as East Asian Americans, and explores how sports are gendered, including examinations of Asian American men’s attempts to claim masculinity through sporting cultures as well as the “Orientalism” evident in discussions of mixed martial arts as practiced by Asian American female fighters. This American story illuminates how marginalized communities perform their American-ness through co-ethnic and co-racial sporting spaces.
Categories: Social Science

Sport and South Asian Diasporas

Sport and South Asian Diasporas

Their blackness destabilized the supposed uniformity of Asian American-ness. African American players could not play in the Asian Ballers league as their ...

Author: Stanley Thangaraj

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317684299

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 131

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This original collection demonstrates the importance of sporting practices, spaces and leisure affiliations to understanding issues around identity, (post-) migration, diaspora and transnationialism for global South Asian populations. The chapters provide a critical (re-) examination of the roles that sport plays within and in relation to South Asian groups in the diaspora, and raises a series of pertinent questions regarding the multifarious relationships between sport and South Asianness. The chapters range across a wide variety of disciplines, regions, sports and identifications. They are in conversation with each other while showing the particularity of each diasporic context and relationship to sport. The book encompasses a number of global contexts from the "homeland" (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan) to the diaspora (Fiji, Norway, the US, the UK), and addresses a broad range of sporting contexts, including basketball, boxing, cricket, cycling, field hockey, soccer and golf. The chapters combine a range of qualitative methods, including ethnography, auto-ethnography, participant observation, memoir, interview and textual analysis (film, television and print media). This collection comprises the latest cutting edge research in the field, and will be essential reading for scholars and students both of sport and South Asian diasporas. This book was published as a special issue of South Asian Popular Culture.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Fores s Sporting Notes Sketches

Fores s Sporting Notes   Sketches

A Quarterly Magazine Descriptive of British, Indian, Colonial and Foreign Sport. blackness of night , when wintry frosts prevail and the winds are keenest ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433066619853

Category: Sports

Page:

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Categories: Sports

Transnational Blackness

Transnational Blackness

This athletic spectacle eclipsed the government's inability to cope with recurring energy shortages or the countless jobs lost to agricultural stagnation ...

Author: M. Marable

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230615397

Category: History

Page: 366

View: 236

Black intellectuals in the US have long thought of racism as a global phenomenon. This book presents, for the first time, a full overview of the history, critical analysis and theoretical perspectives of key black scholars and activists on the transnational dynamics of modern race and racism throughout the world.
Categories: History

Sporting Magazine

Sporting Magazine

... while their accuser conceals himself , to a blindness of eyes may add , a blackness of heart , more than usual , We availed ourselves of the hint for ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000117672091

Category: Hunting

Page:

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Categories: Hunting

Sporting Nationalisms

Sporting Nationalisms

D.L.Andrews, 'The Fact(s) of Michael Jordan's Blackness: Excavating a Floating Racial Signifier', Sociology of Sport Journal ,Vol.13, No.4 (1996), ...

Author: Mike Cronin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135777081

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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This volume examines the ways in which sport shapes the experiences of various immigrant and minority groups and, in particular, looks at the relationship between sport, ethnic identity and ethnic relations. The articles in this volume are concerned primarily with British, American and Australian sporting traditions and the themes covered include the consolidation of ethnic identity in host societies through participation immigrant sports and exclusive sporting organizations, assimilation into host' societies through participation in indigenous, national sports, and the construction by outsiders of separate ethnic identities according to sporting criteria.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Who Da Man

Who Da Man

Black Masculinities and Sporting Cultures Gamal Abdel-Shehid ... of black style.31 Thus, the performance of Raptor Morality is a performance of blackness, ...

Author: Gamal Abdel-Shehid

Publisher: Canadian Scholars’ Press

ISBN: 9781551302614

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

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This book offers a highly original approach to Black masculinities and sport in Canada. The book will be especially exciting for those interested in decolonisation, culture, and the intersection of identity, sport, and politics. 'Who Da Man' attempts to account for the ways that Black Diasporic identifications intersect with the dominant misogyny and homophobia in contemporary men's sporting cultures. Abdel-Shehid suggests that thinking about Diaspora in the making of contemporary Black sporting cultures provides a more comprehensive framework than that which looks at sport solely within the framework of nations and nationalism. He further argues that Canadian hegemonic ideas and practices typically marginalise blackness and Black peoples. Thus, the author suggests, Black masculinities in sport are often connected to Diasporic locations. These connections can be either empowering or disempowering, requiring careful analysis to achieve full understanding of how things are being perceived, projected, and therefore implemented. 'Who Da Man' offers a feminist and queer reading of Black masculinity, and suggests that thinking about Black sporting masculinities means paying attention to the ways that these larger discourses of racism, exclusion, and Diaspora shape Black masculinities. Moreover, the book asks to what extent homophobia and misogyny within men's sporting cultures influence contemporary understandings of Black masculinity.
Categories: Social Science

A Sporting Chance

A Sporting Chance

The plane lifted on out , out over the blackness of Africa . Harry ' s shoulders sagged and he put his head back and closed his eyes and saw the rifle ...

Author: James Edward Amesbury

Publisher:

ISBN: 0803778651

Category: Hunting stories

Page: 242

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Categories: Hunting stories

Routledge Handbook of Sport Race and Ethnicity

Routledge Handbook of Sport  Race and Ethnicity

Resistance and blackness, Asianness and 'abnormality' were prominent themes.73 A number of contributions in this theme discussed blackness as struggle, ...

Author: John Nauright

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317596660

Category: Social Science

Page: 266

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Few issues have engaged sports scholars more than those of race and ethnicity. Today, globalization and migration mean all major sports leagues include players from around the globe, bringing into play a complex mix of racial, ethnic, cultural, political and geographical factors. These complexities have been examined from many angles by historians, sociologists, anthropologists and scientists. This is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey of the full sweep of approaches to the study of sport, race and ethnicity. The Routledge Handbook of Sport, Race and Ethnicity makes a substantial contribution to scholarship, presenting a collection of international case studies that map the most important developments in the field. Multi-disciplinary in its approach, it engages with a wide range of disciplines including history, politics, sociology, philosophy, science and gender studies. It draws upon the latest cutting-edge research to address key issues such as racism, integration, globalisation, development and management. Written by a world-class team of sports scholars, this book is essential reading for all students, researchers and policy-makers with an interest in sports studies.
Categories: Social Science

Routledge Handbook of Sport Gender and Sexuality

Routledge Handbook of Sport  Gender and Sexuality

During the early- to mid-twentieth century blackness came to be seen as a signifier of natural sporting ability (Hoberman, 1997). The invention of the idea ...

Author: Jennifer Hargreaves

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136326950

Category: Social Science

Page: 544

View: 800

The Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality brings together important new work from 68 leading international scholars that, collectively, demonstrates the intrinsic interconnectedness of sport, gender and sexuality. It introduces what is, in essence, a sophisticated sub-area of sport sociology, covering the field comprehensively, as well as signalling ideas for future research and analysis. Wide-ranging across different historical periods, different sports, and different local and global contexts, the book incorporates personal, ideological and political narratives; varied conceptual, methodological and theoretical approaches; and examples of complexities and nuanced ways of understanding the gendered and sexualized dynamics of sport. It examines structural and cultural forms of gender segregation, homophobia, heteronormativity and transphobia, as well as the ideological struggles and changes that have led to nuanced ways of thinking about the sport, gender and sexuality nexus. This is a landmark work of reference that will be a key resource for students and researchers working in sport studies, gender studies, sexuality studies or sociology.
Categories: Social Science