Intersections of race and gender in sport

Authored by: Sasha Sutherland

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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Sport is considered one of the largest and most popular global industries. Dominated primarily by white men and privileging white women, sports like football (soccer), gymnastics, tennis, and boxing have received much attention over the last century with the inflow of black sporting bodies into these traditionally white spaces. That influx has also catalysed a media sensation, albeit Americanized, favouring discourses on race and gender as social categories of analysis instead of earlier biological categories in the social world of sport. It has encouraged, incurred, and presented an outpouring of dialogues on racial stereotyping and gender marking in sports, especially pitting the black male and female sport personalities against the idealized white male and female bodies. 1 Discourses on race and gender have, therefore, moved beyond the biological to social categories of analysis steeped in relations of power where race and gender converge.

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