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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Summer 2008

SOC f321K • Race, Sport, and Identity

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
89065 MTWThF
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
UTC 1.132

Course Description

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 module examines the changing social meanings given to sport throughout the 20th century. 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 black diaspora in order to understand the wider political significance of sport in the context of global movements of people, images and ideologies.

Grading Policy

Book review (6 pages) 40%
End of term essay (12 pages after rewrite) 60%


Douglas Hartmann, Race, Culture and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and their Aftermath, University of Chicago Press, 2003
Amy Bass, Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympics and the making of the black athlete, University of Minnesota Press, 2002


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