Title page for ETD etd-1115102-003746

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Buras, Bradburn Virgil
Author's Email Address bvburas@msn.com
URN etd-1115102-003746
Title Sport, and the Changing Definition of Whiteness
Degree Master of Arts in Liberal Arts (M.A.L.A.)
Department Liberal Arts (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Leonard Moore Committee Chair
Charles Shindo Committee Member
Louis Harrison Committee Member
  • whiteness
  • sports
  • racism
Date of Defense 2002-11-11
Availability unrestricted
This paper looks at the effects of professional basketball on white culture. Traditional scholarship focuses on the impact this has on the African-American community. Very little attention is given to its effects on white America. The focus of this paper is to examine whiteness and to understand how it is socially constructed. In addition, this paper will examine how some elements of black style have been appropriated by white America and changed the definition of whiteness in America.

White America's appropriation of limited aspects of black style has been facilitated by the culture that is associated with professional basketball. The economic and social contributions of these athletes have expanded the boundaries of traditional whiteness. This paper presents the argument that the parameters of historical whiteness has expanded to include certain elements of blackness, but this pattern does not alter traditional racist ideology.

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