John L Warfield Center

Ben Carrington

Associate ProfessorPh.D., 2004, Sociology, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Associate Professor of Sociology
Ben Carrington



Post/colonial Theory; Sociology of Race; Cultural Sociology; Sociology of Sport, Media and Popular Culture; Cultural Studies; Masculinity and Gender Studies


Ben Carrington is a sociologist who has taught at the University of Texas at Austin since 2004. Prior to that he taught at the University of Brighton in England. Professor Carrington studies a broad range of topics and areas generally concerned with mapping the circulation and reproduction of power within contemporary societies. More specifically, he is interested in how ideologies of race shape - and are themselves shaped by - cultural forms, practices and identities and how popular culture is often a key site of both cultural resistance and domination. His work examines the mass media, music and sport as way to understand key sociological dimensions of everyday life such as personal and communal identity and nationalistic identification and dis-identification. Professor Carrington also teaches various undergraduate and graduate classes on the sociology of race, culture, sport and identity. He supervises doctoral students doing interesting work on a range of politically-relevant topics whatever that topic may be. Professor Carrington currently serves on the editorial boards of Sociological Theory, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, the Sociology of Sport Journal, and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

Outside of the WCAAAS, Ben Carrington is actively engaged with a range of institutions and intellectual spaces, including the Center for European Studies and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. He also holds an appointment with the African and African Diaspora Studies Department

Professor Carrington is a Carnegie Research Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University, England and is a Research Associate of the Centre for Urban and Community Research, based at Goldsmiths College, University of London.


AFR 374D • Race, Sport, And Identity

30586 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CLA 0.118
(also listed as SOC 322R)


This course explores the sociological significance of sport in relation to the construction of racialized identities.  Focusing primarily, although not exclusively, on the black experience in sport, the course examines the changing social meanings given to sport from the start of the 20th century through to today.  The African-American experience is used as a paradigmatic case study through which to locate the ways in which the expression of identity in sport has been used as a form of cultural resistance to racism.  The sociological and historical importance of sport within African-American life is located within the broader context of the African diaspora  in order to understand the wider political significance of sport in the context of global movements of people, images and ideologies. 

Assessment criteria

There are two aspects to how your final grade is reached:

1.            40%        Book Review (6 pages)

2.            60%        End of term essay (12 pages after rewrite)


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AFR 374D • Race, Sport, And Identity

35365 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BUR 231
(also listed as SOC 322R)

Meets with AFR 374D/35365

Carries a Writing Flag.

AFR 374D • Race, Sport, And Identity-W

35790 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 930-1100 BUR 231

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Andrews, D. and Carrington, B. (eds.) (2013) A Companion to Sport, Blackwell, Oxford/Malden.

Carrington, B. (2010) Race, Sport and Politics: The sporting black diaspora, Sage, London/Thousand Oaks.

Carrington, B. and McDonald, I. (eds.) (2009) Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport, Routledge, London/New York.

Carrington, B. and McDonald, I. (eds.) (2001) “Race”, Sport and British Society, Routledge, London/New York.

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