Conceptualizing the sport industry as an 'athletic industrial complex' grounded in advanced capitalism and colonialism, Smith explores the ways in which chattel slavery and segregation continue to shape African American experiences in sport today. In a world gone global, Dr. Smith's consideration of the sport enterprise as part of a world system of economics, politics, and law, and their collective impact on African American athletes, this book could not be more timely. --Ellen J. Staurowsky, Ed.D., Professor & Graduate Chair, Department of Sport Management & Media, Ithaca College
...Race, Sport and the American Dream is essential reading for anyone interested in the subject. He organized the book in a clear layout that puts forth an important lens on the issue. He gives us theory that demonstrates the mighty struggles of African-Americans in sport but also is real life enough to help us feel both the pain of the barriers and the joy in overcoming them. --Richard Lapchick, Director, Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, University of Central Florida
About the Author
Earl Smith is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Wake Forest University.