Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Shadow Riders of the Subterranean Circuit: A Contemporary Analysis of the Nuances of Black Rodeo in the Texas Gulf Coast Region

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Shadow Riders of the Subterranean Circuit: A Contemporary Analysis of the Nuances of Black Rodeo in the Texas Gulf Coast Region

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Demetrius W. Pearson, University of Houston

Rodeo, like baseball and other sport forms, was participated in and influenced by minority athletes whose legacy within the sport has frequently been overlooked, trivialized, or blatantly omitted. Unbeknownst to many a rodeo circuit exist in Texas comprised primarily of African American cowboys. The participants, past and present, have received minimal media exposure as well as the venues housing this sport form. This study examined African American involvement in professional rodeo in the Gulf Coast region of Texas. Special emphasis was placed on the "ethnic rodeo," as opposed to the more prevalent White-dominated rodeo, because of its unique sociocultural and historical significance. Similarities and differences between the two venues, as well as the nuances of the ethnic rodeo were documented. Qualitative and archival (historical) research methodologies were employed. This included conventional ethnographic techniques such as interviews (individual and group), videocassette recordings, and nonparticipant o bservations. …

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