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Introduction

Authored by: David K. Wiggins , John Nauright

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

10.4324/9781315745886.ch0

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Abstract

The interconnection among race, ethnicity, and sport has drawn an enormous amount of scholarly attention from historians, sociologists, and other academicians representing a variety of disciplinary areas. 1 Fascinated by the impact that race and ethnicity have had on one of the most popular and influential cultural institutions, academicians have delved into the topic with much enthusiasm and earnestness that has resulted in a greater understanding of how minority groups and those considered ‘Other’ have sought to become full participants in sport at various levels of competition. Importantly, scholarship on the topic has generally been disseminated by means of more narrowly conceived academic journals and specialized anthologies and monographs, without a concerted effort to make available the research on the interconnection among race, ethnicity, and sport in one volume that takes an inclusionary and more global perspective. It is understandable why this is the case in an academic environment that continues to move rapidly towards more focused preparation and specialization that values silos over context and more expansive world-views.

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