Philosophy, race and sport

Authored by: Rasmus Bysted Møller , Verner Møller

Routledge Handbook of Sport, Race and Ethnicity

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138816954
eBook ISBN: 9781315745886
Adobe ISBN: 9781317596677


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Since Harry Edwards wrote his pioneering book The Revolt of the Black Athlete (1968), literature pertaining to sport and race has grown significantly. Impressive works such as John Bale and Joe Sang’s Kenyan Running: Movement Culture, Geography and Global Change (1996) which explores the famous African running culture in the context of tradition and colonialism and thus opposes biological determinist explanations of the highly successful Kenyan running athletes, and John Hoberman’s Darwin’s Athletes: How Sport has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race (1997), which exposes the detrimental effects that the celebration of black athleticism has had on America’s general perception of black people as essentially different from white people, have been lauded, criticized and much debated. Anthologies such as: Grant Jarvie’s Sport, Racism and Ethnicity (1991); Daryl Adair’s Sport, Race and Ethnicity: Narratives of Difference and Diversity (2011); and John Nauright, Alan Cobley and David Wiggins’, Beyond C.L.R. James: Race and Ethnicity in Sport (2014) have offered valuable contributions to the understanding of the pervasiveness of the problem in multiple sporting disciplines and contexts around the world. Kevin Hylton’s ‘Race’ and Sport: Critical Race Theory (2009) offers theoretical insights into the complexities and shifting nature of racism in and outside sport while Neil Farrington, Daniel Kilvington, John Price and Amir Saeed’s Race, Racism and Sports Journalism (2012) examines the historical, social and cultural context in which the terms race and racism have been formed and addresses the media’s contribution to shaping and maintaining stereotypical thoughts and opinions regarding these issues. The books mentioned are merely a select number of the works published on the topic within the social sciences and humanities in recent decades. 1 In light of this, it is remarkable that the subject has been largely neglected in the scholarly literature on the philosophy of sport. To the best of our knowledge, no monographs or anthologies devoted to philosophical analyses of the relationship between sport and race from an international perspective has yet been written.

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