Playing While White
Privilege and Power on and off the Field
Playing While White explores how race matters in sports culture, both on and off the field. Offering critical analysis of stars such as Johnny Manziel, Marshall Henderson, Michael Phelps, Lance Armstrong, and Josh Hamilton, Leonard identifies how whiteness is central to the commodification of athletes and the sports they play. With an analysis of the racial dynamics of sports traditions as varied as football, cycling, hockey, baseball, tennis, snowboarding and soccer, as well the reception and media portrayals of specific white athletes, Leonard examines how and why whiteness matters within sports and what that tells us about race now.
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