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The New Plantation


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1. Brief Historical Overview and the Experience of Black Athletes and Students at Predominantly White Institutions: A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste 2. The New Plantation Model: A Conceptual Framework for Diagnosing the Experiences of Black Athletes at Predominantly White NCAA Division I Institutions 3. Intellectually Inferior and Physically Superior: Racist Ideologies and the Black Athlete4. Operating in the "Black" Financially: On the Back of the Black Athletic Body 5. The Black Athlete's Racialized Experiences and the Predominantly White Intercollegiate Institution 6. The Sociocultural Environment of Predominantly White NCAA Institutions: The Black Athlete as Oscillating Migrant Laborers 7. Politics and the Black Athletic Experience 8. Friday Night Lights: A Dream Deferred or Delusions of Grandeur 9. Athletic Reform and Decolonization 10. Conclusion

About the Author

Billy Hawkins is Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston, USA. His teaching and research contributions are in the areas of sociology of sport and cultural studies, sport management, and sport for development.


"This is an informed, introspective, and insightful analysis of the experiences of Black athletes in predominantly White universities. From his vantage points as a former college athlete and a current faculty member, author Billy Hawkins shines a bright light on the ways that skin color, ideas about race, and the organization of major college campuses and athletic departments influence the lives of these athletes. Anyone wanting to know about the challenges faced by Black athletes as they navigate their way through a complex maze of academic, social, and sport experiences should read this book." - Jay Coakley, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and author of Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies (10th edition, 2009)

"Hawkins' new book will likely become a classic on the racial dynamics of big-time collegiate athletics. By drawing parallels between colonialism, the American slave system, and the structure of the athletic-industrial complex, he makes a powerful case that America's predominantly white universities give far greater priority to exploiting the bodies of black male athletes than to developing their minds. Black athletes, argues Hawkins, are often viewed with 'amused contempt' by the White population they have been recruited to entertain. Hawkins acknowledges that racial progress has been made in America, but uses college sport as a poignant example of how institutional racism can perpetuate racial stereotypes." - Allen Sack, Professor, College of Business, University of New Haven and author of Counterfeit Amateurs: An Athlete's Journey Through the Sixties to the Age of Academic Capitalism

"Well organized and researched, richly contextualized, and effectively theorized, this book provides an important counterargument for those who see intercollegiate athletics as a road to social mobility and justice. . . . Summing up: Essential." - D.A. Nathan, Skidmore College, December 2010 Issue of CHOICE

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