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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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A Commercial for Neoliberal Social Policy

A Commercial for Neoliberal Social Policy

(p.70) Four A Commercial for Neoliberal Social Policy
Midnight Basketball

Douglas Hartmann

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 4 puts the early history of midnight basketball in a broader and more explicit political context. Specifically, it argues that these sport-based programs functioned in the media and were used by political leaders to promote a new, neoliberal approach to crime prevention and urban public policy to broad public audiences. These processes and politics are analyzed as examples of the symbolic or cultural politics of sport, highlighting especially sport's unique status as a "deep play" form. Racial coding is also addressed.

Keywords:   symbolic politics, deep play, racial coding, cultural politics, neoliberal, social policy

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