01:30 PM to 04:10 PM W
Robinson Hall A246
Section Information for Fall 2014
This course interrogates the institution of sport: SportsWorld. Framed by several theoretical frameworks, including -but not limited to- feminist theory, critical race theory, theories of class, queer theory and theories of intersectionality, together we explore the ways that the institution of sport is framed by and frames life chances and access to the American Dream. For example, we will examine the ways in which sport—historically and contemporarily—sets up barriers for participation based on race, gender, class, sexuality and ability. We will consider the question of whether sport is an avenue for accessing the American Dream for some groups, especially Jews, African American men, women or if it is another system that exploits their labor for financial gain. Lastly, we will examine social justice movements inside of SportsWorld (e.g., The Olympic Project for Human Rights) that have challenged boundaries, for Jews, African Americans, women and trans* athletes.
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