Playing While White
320 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:03 Jul 2017

Playing While White

Privilege and Power on and off the Field

University of Washington Press

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.

RELATED TOPICS: Critical Race Studies
David J. Leonard is a professor and the chair of critical culture, gender, and race studies at Washington State University. He is the author of After Artest: The NBA and the Assault on Blackness and Screens Fade to Black: Contemporary African American Cinema.
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