Race and the Business of College Sports


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College sports have become a multi-billion dollar business in the United States. Yet they have a troubled history of racial injustice, one where white coaches have earned millions and Black players only the price of a scholarship. How did the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s lead to the end of whites-only college teams? What are the experiences of black athletes recruited to predominantly white schools? What are the roles of money, myth, and ideologies of race, gender, and performance in college sports today?  And what policies would make for a better system? The class will explore these questions from a multidisciplinary perspective including anthropology, economics, history and public policy. We will explore these questions through readings, class discussion and guest speakers from the academic, media and sports worlds. Students will conduct their own independent research project on Duke sports as their main assignment for the semester.

Instructors: Jennifer Nash and Orin Starn

Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:45 pm

Cross-listings: GSF 290; ECON 290; HISTORY 290; SOCIOL 290; PUBPOL 290

Race, Power and Identity from Ali to Kaepernick

EDUC 220

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An exploration of historic and contemporary psycho-social and socio-cultural aspects of the African American sport experience. Examination of research that addresses the effect of physical differences, racial stereotyping, identity development, gender issues and social influences on African American sport participation patterns. Analysis of sport as a microcosm of society with an emphasis on examining associated educational and societal issues.

Instructor: Martin Smith

Tuesday/Thursday 10:15-11:30 am

Cross-listings: SOCIOL 202; AAAS 232; RIGHTS 221