1st Edition

Sport, Race and Ethnicity The Scope of Belonging?

Edited By Katie Liston, Paddy Dolan Copyright 2015
    120 Pages
    by Routledge

    120 Pages
    by Routledge

    Analyses of racialisation processes within and beyond sport would be incomplete without a consideration of ethnicity and ethnic identities. Why? Because ethnicity, as a concept and as a focus for research, captures better the diverse experiences of social groups and the scope of belonging. Ethnic identities contribute to the way race and racism is constructed and experienced in sport, and to the ways in which racial ideologies are created, recreated and contested. Readers will find here a stimulating array of papers that capture varied aspects of the sport, race and ethnicity nexus around the world. The journey stretches as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ghana and the USA and, in so doing, it draws on a range of disciplinary approaches that converge or diverge by degrees. Such diversity is to be welcomed in an academic field characterized increasingly by the potential richness of people's experiences of sport, race and ethnicity within various cultural contexts. Included here are papers from a range of disciplines and approaches including sociology, politics, sports feminisms, critical race theory, a strengths perspective, Kaupapa Māori Theory, history and sports development.

    This book was published as a special issue of Sport and Society.

    1. Introduction Katie Liston and Paddy Dolan

    2. Orientalism through sport: towards a Said-ian analysis of imperialism and ‘Sport for Development and Peace’ Simon C. Darnell

    3. Ethnicized boxing: the tale of Ghana’s boxing roots in local martial art Jan Dunzendorfer

    4. Sport development programmes for Indigenous Australians: innovation, inclusion and development, or a product of ‘white guilt’? Tony Rossi and Steven Rynne

    5. Finding strength(s): insights on Aboriginal physical cultural practices in Canada Victoria Paraschak and Kristi Thompson

    6. Te Whariki Tuakiri (the identity mat): Māori elite athletes and the expression of ethno-cultural identity in global sport Bevan Erueti and Farah Rangikoepa Palmer

    7. Changes through the lens? US photographic newspaper coverage of female high school athletes Jodi L. Rightler-McDaniels



    Katie Liston has published extensively on the sociology of sport, including topics such as gender, migration, national identity, feminisms and sports policy. She is currently engaged in research on sport and the Empire, sport-for-development and women’s sports migration.

    Paddy Dolan examines consumer culture and subjectivity and has published on this and research methods. More recently he has extended his focus to the study of sport and Gaelic games, their organisation and development, and to sports spectatorship. Other research interests include the development of childhood subjectivities and identities, cosmopolitanism and the sociology of emotions.

    "The text is written for scholars familiar with the topic, as its depth and direction would be difficult for novices to easily comprehend. As scholars continue to explore race and ethnicity in sport, they will benefit from Liston and Dolan’s attempt to move beyond the narrow confines of traditional research theories in an effort to allow for the evolvement and advancement of sport research."
    - Cassandra Coble, Indiana University–Bloomington, USA, International Journal of Sport Communication, 2015, 8, 522 -525.

    "The articles are well-written and give added perspective to several fields of research both inside the field of sport and culture and outside the sport field. Sport is a window one can view the world through, and as this book shows it is a window that researchers outside the sports field should be interested in glancing through."
    - Helge Chr. Pedersen, The Arctic University of Norway (2016) Ambitious scope unfulfilled in slim volume on sport, race and ethnicity, idrottsforum.org