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Midnight Basketball: Race, Sports, and Neoliberal Social Policy

Douglas Hartmann


This book is about the late night basketball leagues organized in dozens of American cities in the late 1980s and early 1990s for purposes of social intervention, risk prevention, and crime reduction among African American youth and young men. The first chapters trace the historical origins and evolution of these programs set in the context of the social policy transformations of the era. As the chapters unfold, the book also analyzes the racial ideologies, cultures of sport, and policy debates that midnight basketball reveals and that endowed it with larger symbolic significance and political ... More

Keywords: midnight basketball, race relations, sociology of culture, symbolic politics, sport studies, sport policy, African-American studies, social intervention, crime prevention, neoliberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226374840
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226375038.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas Hartmann, author
University of Minnesota