Leisure, Sport, and Recreation through a DEIA Lens Resources: Summer 2023 edition
Posted on August 9, 2023 in
DEIA Resource Lists
Following the popularity of last year’s
resource list on leisure studies, Toward Inclusive Excellence has been working to compile a new resource list for understanding leisure and recreation activities through a DEIA lens. New to this iteration are many resources that focus on sports and sports history, as well as some that consider international dimensions. Collectively, these resources reveal the potential of sports, recreation, and leisure activities for fostering social change and for revealing broader social trends at a given time. There is much to learn from this rich reference. As always, TIE owes many thanks to our contributors. Racism, Race, and Ethnicity
(2008) by Jules Tygiel Baseball’s Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy, 25th anniversary ed. “
‘Black Lives Matter:’ Sport, Race and Ethnicity in Challenging Times” (2020) by Adam B. Evans et al.
(2019) by Robert Jacobus Black Man in the Huddle: Stories from the Integration of Texas Football
(2016) edited by Billy J. Hawkins, Akilah R. Carter-Francique, and Joseph N. Cooper Critical Race Theory: Black Athletic Sporting Experiences in the United States
(2020) by Mike Freeman Football’s Fearless Activists: How Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, Kenny Stills, and Fellow Athletes Stood Up to the NFL and President Trump
(2020) by Howard Bryant Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field
(2018) by Howard Bryant The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism
(2013) by Ronald Stephens
Idlewild: The Rise, Decline and Rebirth of a Unique African American Resort Town
Built by whites in the 1910s, Idlewild attracted the major Black entertainers from the 1920s through the 1960s before its decline.
(2005) ed. by Amy Bass In the Game: Race, Identity, and Sports in the Twentieth Century
(2011) by Jorge Iber et al. Latinos in U.S Sport: A History of Isolation, Cultural Identity, and Acceptance
(1999) by Myra B. Young Armstead Lord, Please Don’t Take Me in August: African Americans in Newport and Saratoga Springs, 1870–1930
(2022) by Terry Anne Scott
Lynching and Leisure: Race and The Transformation of Mob Violence in Texas
Examines how lynching was considered an outdoor leisure activity by whites in the 19th and 20th centuries in the American South
(1996) by Andrew Ritchie
Major Taylor: The Extraordinary Career of a Champion Bicycle Racer
Bicycle racing was perhaps the most popular sport in the late-19th-century US, and Black athlete Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor was a world champion in the sport.
(2006) edited by Jorge Iber and Samuel O. Regalado Mexican Americans and Sports: A Reader on Athletics and Barrio Life
(2016) by Aaron Cowan
A Nice Place, to Visit: Tourism and Urban Revitalization in the Postwar Rustbelt
Focusing on Cincinnati, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore, this book considers how tourism mitigated race rioting, white flight, and deindustrialization.
(2014) edited by Lori Latrice Martin Out of Bounds: Racism and the Black Athlete
(2020) by Cat M. Ariail Passing the Baton: Black Women Track Stars and American Identity
(2003) by Douglas Hartmann Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath
(2012) by Victoria W. Wolcott Race, Riots and Roller Coasters: The Struggle Over Segregated Recreation in America
(2020) edited by D. Brooks and R. Althouse Racism in College Athletics, 4th ed.
(2021) by John Feinstein Raise a Fist, Take a Knee: Race and the Illusion of Progress in Modern Sports “
Restoring Resilience Through Joy: The Pursuit of Happiness in the Midst of Unprecedented Times” (2023) by Leslie Ekpe, Ashley Sherman, and Ezinne D. Ofoegbu
(2017) by Harry Edwards The Revolt of the Black Athlete, 50th anniversary ed.
(2020) by David J. Silverman This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving
(2021) by Louis Moore, illustrated by Brett Colley (originally published by We Will Win the Day: The Civil Rights Movement, The Black Athlete, and the Quest for Equality Praeger, 2017)
(2014) by Ryan A. Swanson When Baseball Went White: Reconstruction, Reconciliation, and Dreams of a National Pastime Gender and Sexuality
(2022) by Sherry Boschert 37 Words: Title IX and Fifty Years of Fighting Sex Discrimination
(2021) by Martha C. Nussbaum W. W. Norton 2021 Sarah K. Fields, Daniel Garzon Gender and Sexuality Nussbaum
Citadels of Pride: Sexual Abuse, Accountability, and Reconciliation
This volume probes the three “Citadels of Pride”—the judiciary, the arts, and sports—to analyze how the pride of men at the top contributes to sexual abuse.
(2023) by Samantha Tucker with Amy Spears Collective Chaos: A Roller Derby Team Memoir
(2023) by Katie Barnes Fair Play: How Sports Shape the Gender Debates
(2005) by Sarah K. Fields Female Gladiators: Gender, Law, and Contact Sport in America
(2023) edited by Ali Durham Greey and Helen Jefferson Lenskyj Justice for Trans Athletes: Challenges and Struggles
(2021) film directed by Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine
A documentary about the US women’s national soccer team’s pay discrimination lawsuit
(2018) by M. Ann Hall
Muscle on Wheels: Louise Armaindo and the High Wheel Racers of Nineteenth-Century America
Contrary to popular opinion, women not only rode, they raced high wheel, also known as ordinary, bicycles to the delight of the American public.
(2006) by Polly Welts Kaufman National Parks and the Woman’s Voice: A History, updated ed.
(2013) ESPN film directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg
Nine for IX: Let Them Wear Towels
A documentary about sexism in sports journalism
(2013) ESPN film directed by Ava DuVerney
Nine for IX: Venus Vs.
A documentary about Venus Williams’s fight for fair pay in tennis
(2018) by Cheryl Cooky and Michael A. Messner No Slam Dunk: Gender, Sport and the Unevenness of Social Change
(2018) by Roger Gilles Women on the Move: The Forgotten Era of Women’s Bicycle Racing “
The Women’s Sports Foundation 50 Years of Title IX: We’re Not Done Yet Executive Summary and Policy Recommendations” (2022) by Ellen J. Staurowsky et al. Social Justice
Allyship as Activism: Advancing Social Change in Global Sport Through Transformational Allyship” (2021) by Shannon Jolley, Joseph N. Cooper, and Yannick Kluch
(2022) by Peter Dreier and Robert Elias Baseball Rebels: The Players, People, and Social Movements That Shook Up the Game and Changed America
(2023) by Gregory J. Kaliss Beyond the Black Power Salute: Athlete Activism in an Era of Change
(2021) HBO film directed by Antoine Fuqua The Day Sports Stood Still
(2023) by Derek Catsam Don’t Stick to Sports: The American Athlete’s Fight Against Injustice
(2020) by Robert Scoop Jackson The Game is Not a Game: The Power, Protest and Politics of American Sports
(2021) by Dave Ziren
The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World
(2023) by Maya Moore Irons and Jonathan Irons Love and Justice: A Story of Triumph on Two Different Courts
(2009) by Dave Zirin A People’s History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play “
The Performance and Reception of Race-Based Athletic Activism: Toward a Critical, Dramaturgical Theory of Sport” (2022) by Douglas Hartmann, Alex Manning, and Kyle Green “
Shut Up and Play: Black Athletes, Protest Politics, and Black Political Action” (2020) by Christopher C. Towler, Nyron N. Crawford, and Robert A. Bennett III “
A Site to Resist and Persist: Diversity, Social Justice, and the Unique Nature of Sport” (2019) by George B. Cunningham et al.
(2023) edited by Terry L. Rentner and David P. Burns Routledge 2023 Sarah K. Fields, Daniel Garzon Social Justice Social Issues in Sport Communication: You Make the Call
(2023) edited by Mia Long Anderson Social Justice and the Modern Athlete: Exploring the Role of Athlete Activism in Social Change
(2020) by Bob Schron Taking a Knee, Taking a Stand: African American Athletes and the Fight for Social Justice
(2020) HBO film directed by Brett Rapkin
The Weight of Gold International and Postcolonial Perspectives
(2010) by Peter Alegi African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World’s Game
(2013) by C. L. R. James Beyond a Boundary, 50th anniversary ed.
(2019) by Prasant Kidambi Cricket Country: An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire
(2014) by Alan Klein Dominican Baseball: New Pride, Old Prejudice
(1997) by John Mackenzie The Empire of Nature: Hunting, Conservation, and British Imperialism
(2021) by Derek Catsam Flashpoint: How a Little-Known Sporting Event Fueled America’s Anti-Apartheid Movement
(1998) by J. A. Mangan The Games Ethic and Imperialism: Aspects of the Diffusion of an Ideal
(2010) by Peter Alegi Laduma!: Soccer, Politics and Society in South Africa, from its Origins to 2010, updated ed.
(1996) by Phyllis Martin Leisure and Society in Colonial Brazzaville
(1998) by Douglas Booth The Race Game: Sport and Politics in South Africa
(2004) by Timothy Parsons Race, Resistance, and the Boy Scout Movement in British Colonial Africa
(2020) by Jacob S. T. Dlamini Safari Nation: A Social History of Kruger National Park
(2010) by Laurent Dubois Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France
(2022) edited by Michelle M. Sikes, Toby C. Rider, and Matthew P. Llewellyn Sport and Apartheid South Africa: Histories of Politics, Power, and Protest
TIE is grateful to the following Choice reviewers and their colleagues who graciously contributed specialized recommendations to the list above: Dr. Derek Catsam
Kathlyn Cosper Dunagan Professor in the Humanities, History, The University of Texas, Permian Basin
Twitter: @dcatafrica Daniel Garzon
MBA and MSBM Candidate, University of Central Florida
Dr. Sarah K. Fields, JD, FNAK
Professor of Communication, University of Colorado, Denver
Dr. Duncan R. Jamieson
Professor of History, Ashland University
Thomas Pyke Johnson
Lecturer in History, University of Massachusetts, Boston
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