780467 IRS0010.1177/1012690218780467International Review for the Sociology of SportBook review book-review2018 International Review for the Sociology of Sport Book review 1 –3 © The Author(s) 2018 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav https://doi.org/10.1177/1012690218780467 DOI: 10.1177/1012690218780467 journals.sagepub.com/home/irs A Rafik Mohamed, Black Men on the Blacktop: Basketball and the Politics of Race, Lynne Rienner Publishing: Boulder, CO, 2017; 189 pp. including notes, bibliography, and index, $68.00 (Hardcover), $26.00 (Paperback), $26.00 (e-Book), ISBN 9781626376663 (Hardcover), ISBN 9781626376786 (Paperback), ISBN 9781626377172 (e-Book). Reviewed by: Bruce Lee Hazelwood, Washington State University, USA As Kurtis Blow (1984) once rapped, ‘Basketball is my favorite sport’, so A. Rafik Mohamed’s Black Men on the Blacktop (2017) naturally piqued my interest. Chronicling a couple of years of research at various Los Angeles basketball courts, Mohamed exam- ines how basketball became ‘the Black man’s game’. Focused on the cultural, racial, and social significance of pickup (or pick-up) basketball, Mohamed argues that the court and the game say a lot about the state of Blackness and racial politics in the United States. Mohamed begins laying the scene for a typical day on one of the courts, including the approximate arrival times of players, their attire, selection of teams and calling of ‘next’ game,
International Review for the Sociology of Sport – SAGE
Published: Jun 1, 2018
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