Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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198 pages
6 x 9 inches
February 2005
Print ISBN: 9781551302614


Who Da Man? offers a highly original approach to Black masculinities and sport in Canada. This book will be especially exciting for those interested in decolonization, culture, and the intersection of identity, sport, and politics. Who Da Man? attempts to account for the ways that Black Diasporic identifications intersect with the dominant misogyny and homophobia in contemporary men's sporting cultures.

Abdel-Shehid suggests that thinking about Diaspora in the making of contemporary Black sporting cultures provides a more comprehensive framework than one that looks at sport solely within the framework of nations and nationalism. He further argues that Canadian hegemonic ideas and practices typically marginalize blackness and Black peoples. Thus, the author suggests, Black masculinities in sport are often connected to Diasporic locations. These connections can be either empowering or disempowering, requiring careful analysis to achieve full understanding of how things are being perceived, projected, and therefore implemented.

Who Da Man? offers a feminist and queer reading of Black masculinity. Moreover, the book asks to what extent homophobia and misogyny within men's sporting cultures influence contemporary understandings of Black masculinity.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Black Masculinity Inside/Out: Capital Accumulations, Diasporic Disruptions

One: "Race" Nation and Sport in Canada: Permanence, Performance, and Black Masculinity

Two: Towards a Theory of Black Masculinities and Sporting Culture

Three: Running Clean: Ben Johnson and the Unmaking of Canada

Four: Who Got Next?: Raptor Morality and Black Public Masculinity in Toronto

Five: Scrambling Through the Black Atlantic: Black Quarterbacks and Americanada

Six: The Boundaries of the Closet: A Black Queer Theory of Sport and Masculinity


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