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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Third World Press (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883783118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883783115
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

This book was written for the casual fan, the hardcore fan, athletes, and those in the sports business.  Its goal is to forge a better society and eradicate racial tensions by broaching honest discussions of realities of racism--past and present--in sport culture. 

I tackle these issues throughout nine chapters taking on topics ranging from diversity in positions of power and leadership to the exploitation of amateur athletes and racial stereotypes sustained in contemporary sports films. 

While my analysis, at times, might seem harsh, it is honest and done with the utmost concern and love for a better, more harmonious world.

From the Back Cover

"Ballers of the New School is indeed an apropos title for Thabiti Lewis's challenging and innovative take on a new generation of black athletes.  Punctuated with striking candor and an adroit understanding of contemporary popular culture, Lewis's Ballers of the New School is a much needed addition to scholarship on race and sports."  --Mark Anthony Neal

"Coming out of nowhere like a Mike Tyson uppercut, Thabiti Lewis's Ballers of the New School is a shock to the system.  Rarely has the intersection of sports and race and race-ISM been discussed with such bracing honesty, such generosity and such anger born of love.  It's an absolute stunner."  --Dave Zirin

Ballers of the New School is a timely and important work.  At once a scholarly triumph, powerful social critique, and moving personal story, it challenges readers to set aside received wisdom that sports are the epitome of racial harmony and progress and reflect seriously on structures of racial inequality and how African Americans have struggled against them.  Lewis is to be commended for pairing a penetrating critical analysis with an impassioned call for action directed at players, gatekeepers, and fans."  --Richard King

Black Studies/Social Commentary/Sports Culture

More About the Author

Thabiti Lewis is currently an Associate Professor of English at Washington State University Vancouver. He has published widely in the areas of African American literature, African American Studies, and sport and race. His areas of teaching are 20th century American literature, African American literature, Race and Cultural Studies, and Popular Culture.

Dr. Lewis has written for several newspapers, journals, and magazines such as The Source Magazine, Crisis Magazine, NewsOne, The St. Louis American, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Oregon Humanities Magazine, and The Oregonian.

Lewis received his B.A. in English and History (with honors) from the University of Rochester. He also received his M.A.T. (English Education focus) from the University of Rochester. He obtained his Ph.D. in English from Saint Louis University.

He has edited and co-edited special issues of journals (The Willamette Journal and AmeriQuests Journal). In 2012 he will publish the highly anticipated edited book, Conversations with Toni Cade Bambara (University Press of Mississippi).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mat on January 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a truly wonderful book!!
The subject of race in America is a subject that most would rather not talk about today. Rather than talk about it we just slide it under the category "it (racism)" is over!!! Wrong. In this book by Dr. lewis, he uses sports to talk about race in its new form. While "we" have come a long way, there are still attitudes harbored between differing groups of people simply because of their race, sex, religion etc. The world of sports provides a novel way of examining the problem. Many look at sports as a means of entertainment, relaxation, vicarious living.... and so perhaps this venue may help people more easily recognize some of the injustices regarding the treatment of players vs managers vs coaches etc which also leak into our society.

Dr. Lewis not only combines well researched statistics on sports with his own heartfelt experiences as a youngster who loves sports but provides soloutions to help equalize the playing field in two of the most visible sports for players in America!!!! He is definitely a "Baller". Read the book and see if you too are a Baller...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl Collins on June 5, 2013
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This statement by Thabiti Lewis says it all "I find sport culture a perfect model to absorb an examination of the infrastructure that tolerates and reflects racism in America in the 21st century. Sport is good model because it denies the existence of racism while cultivating it." In Claud Anderson, Ed.D. Book Black Labor, Wealth White he states "The problem of race and resources has been festering for hundreds of years, but has yet to arise as the core public issue in America. Whites have inherited the power and wealth of their ancestors through a social and economic structure designed to the advantage of non-blacks. Blacks have inherited a legacy of permanent poverty and powerlessness. Black labor made nation a strong, wealthy, international world power, but nothing has been proposed to seriously bring about remuneration, parity or fairness to black people. It is clear that blacks must both solve their own problems and structure a national plan of action that puts their priorities first and foremost. Self-empowerment is the only road to economic justice, but it requires the support of a national policy and plan of action.
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