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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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Conclusion: In the Light of Midnight

Conclusion: In the Light of Midnight

(p.196) Nine Conclusion: In the Light of Midnight
Midnight Basketball

Douglas Hartmann

University of Chicago Press

This final chapter draws out the broader implications of this case study of midnight basketball for sport studies and sport policy, the sociology of race and the African American experience, cultural sociology, and neoliberal social policy. Particular attention is paid to deep play and the cultural politics of sport; theories of sport as intervention and development; critical race theory, racial coding and colorblindness; the centrality of sport as a social force in the contemporary world; and the transformations and limitations of social intervention and criminal justice policy under conditions of neoliberalism. Connections and intersections between and among these themes are also discussed.

Keywords:   cultural sociology, sport studies, critical race theory, sport policy, neoliberal, racial coding, colorblindness, theory, social policy

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