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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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An Unlikely and Revealing Consensus

An Unlikely and Revealing Consensus

(p.39) Three An Unlikely and Revealing Consensus
Midnight Basketball

Douglas Hartmann

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 3 deepens and extends the analysis of the historical origins and cultural popularity of midnight basketball. It locates midnight basketball's popularity in at least three contexts: (1) sport's long standing ideals about social intervention and racial progress; (2) post-Civil Rights racial discourse and politics; and (3) the transformations of urban social policy in the neoliberal era. The figures of President George H. W. Bush and his thousand Points of Light initiative along with HUD Secretary Jack Kemp are used to illustrate. It is argued that midnight basketball provided a unique synthesis of liberal and conservative approaches to the perceived problems of crime and violence among "at-risk" youth and urban young men.

Keywords:   President George H. W. Bush, Jack Kemp, sport culture, neoliberal, social policy, politics, Thousand Points of Light Initiative

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