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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Blacks, Sports and Lingering Racial Stereotypes: A Q&A with Sports Sociologist Ben Carrington

b.carringtonWhy do people commonly assume African Americans dominate professional sports? How did golfer Tiger Woods and tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams become pioneers in sports history? These are some of the questions cultural sociologist Ben Carrington grapples with in his new book “Race, Sport and Politics” (Sage, Sept. 2010).

Carrington, an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin, presents a postcolonial overview of sport’s role in enforcing racial stereotypes, particularly about black athletes. Using past and present sports…

Friday, August 13, 2010

New to the Shelf: Fall 2010 Sneak Preview

In just a few short weeks summer will be over. Time to say goodbye to the extra daylight, daytrips to the coast and weekend barbecue parties. But alas, all good things must come to an end. Why not escape from those end-of-summer blues with a good book? Here’s a sneak peek at some forthcoming reads that will be hitting the shelves this fall.

“American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900”
(Doubleday, Oct. 2010)
By H.W. Brands, the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of…