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After Artest: The NBA and the Assault on Blackness (S U N Y Series on Sport, Culture, and Social Relations) Hardcover – May, 2012

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David J. Leonard is Associate Professor of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University and the author of Screens Fade to Black: Contemporary African American Cinema. He is also the coeditor (with C. Richard King) of Commodified and Criminalized: New Racism and African Americans in Contemporary Sports and of Visual Economies of/in Motion: Sport and Film. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: S U N Y Series on Sport, Culture, and Social Relations
  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143844205X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438442051
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,434,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. David J. Leonard examines contemporary representations within popular culture, examining the broader social, political, and cultural meaning. His research agenda focuses on the systematic treatment of the politics of representation in post-civil rights America. It explores the complex linkages and slippages, intersections and ruptures, that dialectically tie together racialized bodies with political, social, cultural, and economic identities, structures and discourse.

Dr. Leonard's work explores, documents, and illustrates the various manifestations of the narrative, ideological, and financial commodification of black bodies within popular media all while highlighting the dominant frames that facilitate, fuel, and in turn generated through the broader discursive field.

While disparate in topic, ranging from the prison industrial complex to the NBA, from the video games to the history of African American television, his work is linked by its commitment to examining the ways in which blackness is constructed, transformed, and challenged across time and space; within a multitude of institutions and affecting a number of communities. It is linked together by the ways in which blackness is imagined and represented within contemporary popular culture and how those representations connect to fear, violence, and institutional formation.

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Prof. David J. Leonard provides an in-depth exploration of the evolving racial politics of the NBA, especially the various attempts by the league and sports media to "manage" black players and the league's associations with black urban culture. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the recent history of race in the NBA. It will change your view of the league and the game.
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David J. Leonard is one of the most brilliant scholar/writers this century. He is a scholar's scholar whose writing educates and informs and has done much to advance the notion that critical inquiry and thinking is cool both within and outside the walls of academia. His work resonates with me and in After Artest he brings his A++ game!!!!
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