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Midnight BasketballRace, Sports, and Neoliberal Social Policy$
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Douglas Hartmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226374840

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226375038.001.0001

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Introduction: At the Intersection of Sports, Race, and Risk

Introduction: At the Intersection of Sports, Race, and Risk

(p.1) One Introduction: At the Intersection of Sports, Race, and Risk
Midnight Basketball

Douglas Hartmann

University of Chicago Press

Chapter one provides an introduction to the phenomenon of midnight basketball and an overview of the origins, research methods, and narrative structure of the book. The project's origins are traced to the bifurcated images of African-American men in late 1980s American culture as either super-predator criminals or super-star athletes. Midnight basketball, it is argued, put the latter in service of the former. The analysis then is based upon multiple forms of data and research methods (archival documentation, interviewing, media and content analysis, ethnographic fieldwork) informed by sport studies and critical race theories and situated in the context of social policy transformations of the neoliberal period.

Keywords:   sport studies, race, mixed methods, neoliberal, African-American men, critical race theory, social policy

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