Department of Sociology

Ben Carrington, UT-Austin, "Fear of a Black Athlete: White Sporting Mythologies in the Age of Obama"

Wed, February 23, 2011 | LBJ Conference Room (CMA 5.160)

12:00 PM

Ben Carrington is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and widely regarded as one the world’s leading scholars on the politics of sport, media and race.  In this lecture Carrington will discuss how the lives, actions and representations of professional black athletes have increasingly become important cultural sites for ideas about race within contemporary American society.  Racialized media discourses surrounding Michael Vick, Tiger Woods and LeBron James are analyzed in the context of both the current presidency of Barack Obama and the long history of white fears and western mythologies concerning black male sexuality. Carrington is the co-editor of "Race," Sport and British Society (Routledge, 2001) and Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport (Routledge, 2009) and the author of the recently published Race, Sport and Politics: The Sporting Black Diaspora (Sage, 2010).
This talk is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Senior Fellows honors program of the College of Communication.
Contact Dave Junker, Senior Fellows director, with questions:

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