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More Than a Game: Race, Gender, and Politics in Sports



by
Matt Doeden

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Lerner
Imprint
Millbrook Press
ISBN
9781541540941
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
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Sports has never been only about what takes place on the playing field. Matt Doeden explores past and current controversies in a book sure to engage everyone interested in sports, history, and civil rights.

Source notes. Glossary. Selected bibliography. Further reading. Index. Full-color photographs.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

64

Trim Size

9" x 9"

Dewey

306.4

AR

6.9: points 2

Lexile

980L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Nov 2019

Book Genres

Sports

Topics

Racism in sports. Sex discrimination in sports. Sports and state. Football. Boxing. Track and field. Baseball. Basketball. Tennis. Fencing. Soccer.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

Sports are often a reflection of the current social issues facing the U.S. on a daily basis: union laws, work conditions, discrimination, and many others. Doeden covers both contemporary and past inequalities with a sensitive tone; in fact, he acknowledges that he ran this text past a sensitivity reader for input. The chapters are arranged to cover three different delicate topics: sports and race, gender and equality in sports, and sports and war. In each chapter, a multitude of athletic activities are covered and presented in a linear fashion with plenty of wonderful glossy photos. The author focuses heavily on the African American experience in sports, both historic and contemporary, including the Black Lives Matter movement. However, the chapter for gender and sexuality is a bit lopsided; there is only one transgender woman mentioned, and the longest entry is on a male college football player who came out as gay. Overall, women are not as heavily present as their male counterparts, even in their own chapter. Doeden provides a great deal of back matter, including source notes, a glossary, a selected bibliography, further reading, and an index. There is no way this book could make everyone happy as its topics are so contentious and so broad, but Doeden tries by presenting well-researched and thoughtful facts that serve as a starting point for readers. A worthy purchase that will serve as a good first stop for school projects.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Sports are often a reflection of the current social issues facing the U.S. on a daily basis: union laws, work conditions, discrimination, and many others. Doeden covers both contemporary and past inequalities with a sensitive tone; in fact, he acknowledges that he ran this text past a sensitivity reader for input. The chapters are arranged to cover three different delicate topics: sports and race, gender and equality in sports, and sports and war. In each chapter, a multitude of athletic activities are covered and presented in a linear fashion with plenty of wonderful glossy photos. The author focuses heavily on the African American experience in sports, both historic and contemporary, including the Black Lives Matter movement. However, the chapter for gender and sexuality is a bit lopsided; there is only one transgender woman mentioned, and the longest entry is on a male college football player who came out as gay. Overall, women are not as heavily present as their male counterparts, even in their own chapter. Doeden provides a great deal of back matter, including source notes, a glossary, a selected bibliography, further reading, and an index. There is no way this book could make everyone happy as its topics are so contentious and so broad, but Doeden tries by presenting well-researched and thoughtful facts that serve as a starting point for readers. A worthy purchase that will serve as a good first stop for school projects.

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