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The Resource A level playing field : African American athletes and the Republic of Sports, Gerald L. Early

A level playing field : African American athletes and the Republic of Sports, Gerald L. Early

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A level playing field : African American athletes and the Republic of Sports
Title
A level playing field
Title remainder
African American athletes and the Republic of Sports
Statement of responsibility
Gerald L. Early
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
As Americans, we believe there ought to be a level playing field for everyone. Even if we don't expect to finish first, we do expect a fair start. Only in sports have African Americans actually found that elusive level ground. But at the same time, black players offer an ironic perspective on the athlete hero, for they represent a group historically held to be without social honor. In this collection of sports essays the author, a noted cultural critic investigates these contradictions as they play out in the sports world and in our deeper attitudes toward the athletes we glorify. He addresses a half century of heated cultural issues ranging from integration to the use of performance enhancing drugs. Writing about Jackie Robinson and Curt Flood, he reconstructs pivotal moments in their lives and explains how the culture, politics, and economics of sport turned with them. Taking on the subtexts, racial and otherwise, of the controversy over remarks Rush Limbaugh made about quarterback Donovan McNabb, he restores the political consequence to an event most commentators at the time approached with predictable bluster. The essays in this book circle around two perennial questions: What other, invisible contests unfold when we watch a sporting event? What desires and anxieties are encoded in our worship of (or disdain for) high performance athletes? These essays are based on the Alain Locke lectures at Harvard University's Du Bois Institute. -- From Book jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Early, Gerald Lyn
Dewey number
796.092/2
Index
no index present
LC call number
GV583
LC item number
.E26 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African American athletes
  • Sports
  • Discrimination in sports
  • African American athletes
Target audience
adult
Label
A level playing field : African American athletes and the Republic of Sports, Gerald L. Early
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Based on the Alain Locke lectures" -- pg. before title page
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-263)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Leveling the playing field. When worlds collide : Jackie Robinson, Paul Robeson, Harry Truman, and the Korean War ; Curt Flood, gratitude, and the image of baseball ; Donovan McNabb, Rush Limbaugh, and the making of the Black quarterback -- Heroism and the Republic of Sports. American integration, Black heroism, and the meaning of Jackie Robinson ; Performance and reality : race, sports, and the modern world ; Where have we gone, Mr. Robinson?
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
xiii, 263 pages
Isbn
9780674050983
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010047288
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn676725371
  • (Sirsi) o676725371
  • (OCoLC)676725371
Label
A level playing field : African American athletes and the Republic of Sports, Gerald L. Early
Publication
Note
"Based on the Alain Locke lectures" -- pg. before title page
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-263)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Leveling the playing field. When worlds collide : Jackie Robinson, Paul Robeson, Harry Truman, and the Korean War ; Curt Flood, gratitude, and the image of baseball ; Donovan McNabb, Rush Limbaugh, and the making of the Black quarterback -- Heroism and the Republic of Sports. American integration, Black heroism, and the meaning of Jackie Robinson ; Performance and reality : race, sports, and the modern world ; Where have we gone, Mr. Robinson?
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
xiii, 263 pages
Isbn
9780674050983
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010047288
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn676725371
  • (Sirsi) o676725371
  • (OCoLC)676725371

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