Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season

Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season


By (author) David Shields, Other Gerald Graff

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  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Format: Paperback | 226 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 15mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Lincoln
  • ISBN 10: 0803293542
  • ISBN 13: 9780803293540
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 621,251

Product description

The National Basketball Association is a place where white fans and black players enact virtually every racial issue and tension in U.S. culture. Following the Seattle SuperSonics for an entire season, David Shields explores how, in a predominantly black sport, white fans--including especially himself--think about and talk about black heroes, black scapegoats, and black bodies. Critically acclaimed and highly controversial, Black Planet was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN USA Award, and was named one of the Top Ten Nonfiction Books of 1999 by Esquire, Newsday, Los Angeles Weekly , and

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Author information

David Shields is the author of several other books, including the novels Dead Languages and Heroes (available in a Bison Books edition). His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's , and the Village Voice . Shields, a recent Guggenheim fellow, is a professor of English at the University of Washington.

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"One of the best books ever written on the subject of sport in America, which is to say a book that is about a great deal more than sport."oA.O. Scott, Newsday "A risky and brilliant book... It is an emotional journey into Jock Culture's heart of darkness. Shields is willing to write himself naked about the hungers and envies that move across the grandstand like the wave."oRobert Lipsyte, New York Times "Black Planet accomplishes a rare feat by tackling race head on."oSteven Hill, Chicago Tribune