Ethnicity and Sport in North American History and Culture

Ethnicity and Sport in North American History and Culture

Ethnicity and Sport in North American History and Culture

Ethnicity and Sport in North American History and Culture

Synopsis

The editors use the unique lens of the history of sports to examine ethnic experiences in North America since 1840. Comprised of 12 original essays and an Introduction, it chronicles sport as a social institution through which various ethnic and racial groups attempted to find the way to social and psychological acceptance and cultural integration. Included are chapters on Native Americans, Irish-Americans, German-Americans, Canadians, African-Americans, Italian-Americans, Hispanics, and several more, showing how their sports participation also provided these communities with some measure of social mobility, self-esteem, and a shared pride.

Excerpt

The idea for this anthology was first discussed by the two of us several years ago during a conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. While catching up on the latest news and savoring cups of coffee during one of the breaks from conference sessions, we both determined during the course of our conversation that one of the most glaring gaps in the literature was the lack of research dealing with the involvement of ethnic groups in North American sport. This anthology attempts to help rectify this gap by providing twelve original essays that discuss the sport participation of various ethnic groups in both the United States and Canada. It is our hope that this collection will raise important questions, provide pertinent information, and encourage other scholars to pursue research on sport and the ethnic experience.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those people who helped us with this project. We are very appreciative of the assistance we received from Greenwood Press. We are also very grateful for the help provided us by Susan Pufnock, Sandy Slater, and Anne Bonanno of George Mason University. Finally, we wish to express our gratitude to each of the contributing authors for their patience and unwavering support in completing this project.

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