Some kids are left behind: The failure of a perspective, using critical race theory to expand the coverage in the sociology of youth sports

Scott Brooks, Matt Knudtson, Isais Smith

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Sports are no longer simply extracurricular activities. For many children, sports are curricular, central to their identity, development, and peer and familial relationships. However, sport scholars and sociologists spend little time trying to learn and understand the huge growth in youth sports participation and even less attention to the role of race in youth sports. Sociology could offer much more, but suffers from what James McKee calls () “the failure of a perspective” with regard to studying and understanding race, racism, and race relations. Critical Race Theory can help to extend the coverage of youth sports to include more input from Youth and of Scholars of Color. In this article, we review a current debate in the sociology of youth sports, which illustrates the gap in understanding the experiences of youth of color and Black athletes in particular. And, we provide solutions and ideas for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere12445
JournalSociology Compass
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


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