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Athlete activism, contemporary perspectives, edited by Rory Magrath

This book examines the phenomenon of athlete activism across all levels of sport, from elite and international sport, to collegiate and semi-pro, and asks what this tells us about the relationship between sport and wider society. With contributions from scholars around the world, the book presents a series of fascinating case studies, including the activism of world-famous athletes such as Serena Williams, Megan Rapinoe and Raheem Sterling. Covering a broad range of sports, from the National Football League (NFL) and Australian Rules, to fencing and the Olympic Games, the book sheds important light on some of the most important themes in the study of sport, including gender, power, racism, intersectionality and the rise of digital media. It also considers the financial impact on athletes when they take a stand and the psychological impact of activism and how that might relate to sports performance. It has never been the case that ‘sport and politics don’t mix’, and now, more than ever, the opposite is true. This is essential reading for anybody with an interest in the politics or sociology of sport, the politics of protest, social movements or media studies
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half Title -- Series Information -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Contributors -- Introduction -- Athlete Activism: Contemporary Perspectives -- Outline of the Book -- Chapter Outline -- References -- Chapter 1 Athlete Activism and the Olympic Games: A Dialectic of Resistance and Restriction -- Introduction -- IOC and Political Dissent -- Olympian Dissent -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 2 Educated Activism: A Focus Group Study of High School Athletes' Perceptions of Athlete Activism -- Introduction -- Stakeholder Theory -- Identity -- Methods -- Results and Discussion -- (Semi)educated Activism -- Agency, Inspiration, and LeBron -- Hopeful for Change -- Implications and Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 3 "It's Our Duty to Utilize the Platform That We Have": Motivations for Activism Among U.S. Collegiate Athletes -- Who Becomes a Collegiate Athlete Activist? A Profile of the Participants -- Why Do Collegiate Athletes Become Activists? Motivations for Activism -- What's Next? Implications for Empowering Collegiate Athlete Activists -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 4 Financial Implications for Athlete Activists: The Cost of Taking a Stance -- Introduction -- The 2016 NFL Protests -- Colin Kaepernick's Protest -- Colin Kaepernick's Activism Off the Field -- Gwen Berry -- Corporations -- Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 5 The Changing Face of Black Athlete Activism -- Introduction -- Race and Resistance: Black Athlete Activism -- Black Power and the Struggle for Civil Rights: The 1968 Summer Olympics -- Quieter Times, But Not Silent: Black Athlete Activism in the 1980s and 1990s -- Say It Loud! I'm Black and I'm Proud: Contemporary Black Athlete Activists -- Concluding Thoughts: Pariah Today, Hero Tomorrow? The Changing Face of Black Athlete Activism -- References
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (223 pages)
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