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African Americans in sport : contemporary themes
Sailes, Gary Alan.
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New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, [1998]

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xiv, 271 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The role of sport in the Black community / Othello Harris -- Cool pose : Black masculinity and sports / Richard Majors -- Betting against the odds : an overview of Black sports participation / Gary A. Sailes -- The dominant images of Black men in America : the representation of O.J. Simpson / Billy Hawkins -- Black sports images in transition : the impact of Tiger's roar / Christopher P. Uchacz -- Race logic and "being like Mike" : representations of athletes in advertising, 1985-1994 / Mikaela Dufur -- Race and athletic performance : a physiological review / David W. Hunter -- The athletic dominance of African Americans : is there a genetic basis? / Vinay Harpalani -- An examination of basketball performance orientations among African American males / Gary A. Sailes -- The case against NCAA proposition 48 / Gary A. Sailes -- African American player codes on celebration, taunting, and sportsmanlike conduct / Vernon L. Andrews -- The African American athlete : social myths and stereotypes / Gary A. Sailes -- Stacking in major league baseball / Earl Smith and C. Keith Harrison -- African American male head coaches : in the "red zone, " but can they score? / Dana D. Brooks, Ronald Althouse, and Delano Tucker -- Race, sport, and future orientation / Othello Harris -- A comparison of professional sports career aspirations among college athletes / Gary A. Sailes.
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Research on African American athletes generally fo-cuses on negative stereotypes of physical prowess, and socially controversial themes. Most studies in-vestigate racism, prejudice, discrimination, and ex-ploitation experienced by African American athletes. Many studies contrast African American and white athletes on a number of variables that support pre-vailing elitist stereotypes and denigrate African Ameri-can athletes. But few studies investigate the diverse and complex cultural dichotomies within the infrastruc-ture of sport in the African American community. Gary Sailes maintains that it is crucial to develop a more eclectic and immersed cultural approach when investigating African American involvement in com-petitive sports. The contributors to 'African Americans in Sports' show that there are also intrinsic cultural paradigms that are evident, presenting an informa-tive and interesting narrative regarding African American athletes. The chapters that make up this volume were written by noted scholars who were selected based on their expertise in their specific academic areas. They write about different components of the experience of African American male athletes. Chapters and contributors include: "Race and Athletic Performance: A Physiological Review" by David W. Hunter; "The Athletic Dominance of African Americans--Is There a Genetic Basis?" by Vinay Harpalani; "African American Player Codes on Celebration, Taunting, and Sportsmanlike Conduct" by Vernon L. Andrews; and "Stacking in Major League Baseball" by Earl Smith and C. Keith Harrison. Many chapters were originally published as a special issue of the 'Journal of African American Men.' This volume should be read by all those involved in athletics, as well as by sports sociologists and African American studies scholars.