You Mean, There's RACE in My Sports?: The Complete Guide for Understanding Race & Sports in Mainstream Media

You Mean, There's RACE in My Sports?: The Complete Guide for Understanding Race & Sports in Mainstream Media

by F. W. Gooding Jr.


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Have you ever listened to sports radio? Or watched sports on TV? Or read what someone wrote about sports in the media? If so, then you are in the right course! In this dynamic class, we start with the principle that sports perform an important social function, and consequently so do the images and commentaries generated within and around it. We interrogate relationships between the psychological, social, cultural and political components of human communities by keenly observing how they all conveniently intersect within our beloved sporting arenas. We start by examining why sports hold such an important place in our culture and explore its mass-market global appeal. With historical context as a backdrop, we then explore how race intersects with and affects mainstream portrayals of sports in America. After taking this course, students will be able to effectively screen out biases and stereotypes subtly conveyed within media and will better comprehend the systematic components and dynamics of contemporary human societies - especially as expressed through the human activity of sport. Students will also develop a heightened appreciation for the major dimensions of variation in contemporary human experience along racial lines by studying the power that racial images in sport can generate nationally and internationally. The essential skills required in this course include critical thinking and critical reading as you will never see sports the same way again!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780977804863
Publisher: On the Reelz Press
Publication date: 03/31/2016
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. is an Assistant Professor within the Ethnic Studies Program at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. A trained historian, Gooding most effectively analyzes contemporary mainstream media with a careful eye for persistent patterns along racial lines that appear benign but indeed have problematic historical roots.
Uncomfortable with the anti-intellectualist approach to hip hop within academia, Gooding has also fostered new learning opportunities for students and community members to appreciate the genius of hip hop through new courses, seminars and study tours abroad as far away as Australia and New Zealand. A developing scholar, Gooding's most well-known work thus far is "You Mean, There's RACE in My Movie? The Complete Guide to Understanding Race in Mainstream Hollywood," which critically analyzes the value and impact of contemporary racial imagery based upon historical narratives of sex, power and violence.

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