Topic: Student-athletes

Professor talks race, sports, politics in new book

Sept. 8, 2010
Ben Carrington, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, discusses racial stereotypes in sports in his new book

Ben Carrington, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, presents a postcolonial overview of sport's role in enforcing racial stereotypes, particularly about black athletes. Using past and present sports icons as examples -- boxers Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson -- Carrington argues that ideas of white intellectual supremacy and black degeneracy still remain deeply embedded in sports culture.

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