Radical History Review Special issue: “Historicizing the Politics and Pleasure of Sport”

vintage-basketball-posterSpecial Issue Editors: Peter Alegi and Brenda Elsey

Peter Alegi and Brenda Elsey
Editors’ Introduction: Historicizing the Politics and Pleasure of Sport


Sean Dinces
“Nothing but Net Profit”: Property Taxes, Public Dollars, and Corporate Philanthropy at Chicago’s United Center

Alan McDougall
Whose Game Is It Anyway? A People’s History of East German Football

Hikabwa D. Chipande
Mining for Goals: Football and Social Change on the Zambian Copperbelt, 1940s–1960s

Amira Rose Davis
No League of Their Own: Baseball, Black Women, and the Politics of Representation

Brian D. Bunk
A “Suspiciously Swarthy” Boxer: Luis Firpo and the Ambiguities of the Latin Race

Jeffrey Richey
The Macaquitos Affair: Soccer, Blackness, and Brazil as Argentina’s Racial Other, 1919–1929

David C. LaFevor
Prizefighting and Civilization in the Mexican Public Sphere in the Nineteenth Century


Thomas P. Oates
Race, Economics, and the Shifting Politics of Sport Media: The Case of Jimmy the Greek

Steven W. Thrasher
Super Slaves: Breeding and Controlling the Modern Black American Male through Sports

Curated Spaces

Jennifer Doyle
Wrestling Ideology

Teaching Radical History

Peter Alegi, Amy Bass, Adrian Burgos Jr., Brenda Elsey, and Martha Saavedra
Teaching Forum on Sport and Politics


Glen Thompson
Disturbed Waters: New Currents in the History of Water Sport

Lisa Bier, Fighting the Current: The Rise of American Women’s Swimming, 1870–1926. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011). 220 pp. ISBN 978-0-7864-4028-3, paper, $40.00. Scott Laderman, Empire in Waves: A Political History of Surfing. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014). 256 pp. ISBN 978-0-5202-7910-0, cloth, $65.00; 978-0-5202-7911-7, paper, $26.95. Isaiah Helekunihi Walker, Waves of Resistance: Surfing and History in Twentieth-Century Hawai‘i. (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2011). 240 pp. ISBN 978-0-8248-3462-3, cloth, $55.00; 978-0-8248-3547-7, paper, $24.99.

Daniel Widener
Across the Pitch: Recent Writing on European Football

David Goldblatt, The Game of Our Lives: The English Premier League and the Making of Modern Britain. (New York: Nation Books, 2014). 368 pp. ISBN 978-1-5685-8506-2, cloth, $26.99; 978-1-5685-8516-1, paper, $16.99. Gabriel Kuhn, Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics. (Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2011. 264 pp. ISBN 978-1-60486-053-5, paper, $20.00. Sid Lowe, Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the World’s Greatest Sports Rivalry. (New York: Nation Books, 2014). 480 pp. ISBN 978-1-5685-8450-8, paper, $17.99.

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