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SPV203: Race & Sport

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Benjamin Moreland

on 7 December 2012

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Race and Sport Concept of Race Sport Whiteness Essay Question How do we define race? Black people are born to run fast. Discuss. Do we think this is even an issue? Using relevant sociological theory, explain why there are not more black managers in English professional football. What do we mean by the term race? Race
‘is the social or cultural significance assigned to or assumed in physical or biological markers of human beings, including the presumed physiological markers of cultural characteristics, habits or behaviour’ (Goldberg, 2002). Racial categories are based on shared physical traits passed on genetically from one generation to the next. What markers do we use to define race? Why do we think this? Are there any alternative ideas? Biology? What perceptions or stereotypes do we have
of certain races>? http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/race/news/2012/03/13/11351/the-top-10-most-startling-facts-about-people-of-color-and-criminal-justice-in-the-united-states/ ‘A social construction of a ideological and normalised group that experiences all of the power, privilege and benefits within society.’ Perceived capabilities of BME groups? Black football managers Racism Black Quarter Backs Cashmore & Cleland (2011) Athletic, but can they think? ‘The real power is within management jobs, where you are dictating policy, commanding players and dealing with budgets. There are still questions being asked about black British managers and whether or not they will be able to deal with all this and produce the goods. . . . I think a number of chairmen are still hesitant about appointing a black manager’ ‘The stereotype of a black man is that he is a good athlete,
therefore, he should be able to run fast, box, sprint, play rugby, play football, we are athletic but can we think?’ ‘The black players at this club lend the side a lot of skill and flair, but you also need white players in there to balance things up and give the team some brains and some common sense’ Football is an industry where the dice are clearly loaded ‘Entrenched, unconscious, casual racism based on stereotypes and the fact that there haven’t been many [black people] at the top level’. It’s an old boys’ club with little understanding about the fans and [it is] unlikely to bring in people from outside their peer group’. Institutional Racism http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20568348 Recap how we define the concept of race Discuss how societal views on race impact and are manifested within sport Focus on how the perceived capabilities of BME groups maximise or minimise their access into certain aspects of society
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