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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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They Got Game: Lessons and Reflections from the Bottom Up

They Got Game: Lessons and Reflections from the Bottom Up

(p.175) Eight They Got Game: Lessons and Reflections from the Bottom Up
Midnight Basketball

Douglas Hartmann

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 8 continues the ethnographic case study to focus on the meanings of and motivations for basketball-based risk prevention programs from the point of view of program participants and members of the African-American community more generally. One of its central findings is that the young men of color who participate in these leagues have little interest in the social interventionist goals of most program funders and administrators; rather, they are involved for purposes of health, fitness, recreation, and leisure. Community members see midnight basketball as a symbol of more proactive, community-based approaches to crime prevention and public safety. The chapter highlights the features of the urban landscape that help explain these attitudes and draws out the larger implications for race, sport, and public policy in the neoliberal era.

Keywords:   ethnographic fieldwork, community-based programs, sport policy, African-American communities

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