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'Race' and Sport
Critical Race Theory

ISBN 9780415436564
Published September 10, 2008 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

Critical Race Theory provides a framework for exploring racism in society, taking into account the role of institutions and drawing on the experiences of those affected. Applied to the world of sport, this framework can reveal the underlying social mores and institutionalised prejudices that have helped perpetuate those racial stereotypes particular to sport, and those that permeate broader society.

In this groundbreaking sociological investigation, Kevin Hylton takes on the controversial subject of racial attitudes in sport and beyond. With sport as his primary focus, Hylton unpacks the central concepts of ‘race’, ethnicity, social constructionism and racialisation, and helps the reader navigate the complicated issues and debates that surround the study of ‘race’ in sport. Containing rigorous and insightful analysis throughout, the book explores key topics such as:

  • the origins, applications and terminology of Critical Race Theory
  • the meaning of ‘whiteness’
  • the media, sport and racism
  • anti-racism and sport
  • genetics and scientific racism.

The contested concepts that define the subject of ‘race’ in sport present a constant challenge for academics, policy makers and practitioners in the development of their ideas, policies and interventions. This innovative and challenging book is essential reading for anybody looking to fully understand this important subject.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Defining Key Terms  2. Critical Race Theory  3. Researching ‘Race’  4. Whiteness and Sport  5. ‘Race’, Media and Sport with Ian Law  6. Anti-racism in Sport

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Kevin Hylton is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Recreation Development in the Carnegie Faculty of Sport and Education, Leeds Metropolitan University. He has been heavily involved in community sports development, working with marginalized groups in different settings. Hylton’s research has focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, and in particular, racism in sport and leisure.


'a powerful, sophisticated and original contribution to critical scholarship on the racialized dynamics of sport', Professor David Gilbourne, Institute of Education, University of London