KIN350ResearchLiteratureAnalysis1

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Griffin Warner KIN350 October 12, 2009 Research Literature Analysis
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Theme to be Addressed While much of society denies unequal treatment for athletes of different races, there always seems to be a difference between African American players and their teammates. Black athletes exhibit more nervous energy when speaking to journalists in press conferences and in one-on-one interviews, and that may be because comments they make are often used against them. The purpose of this literature analysis is to better understand what life is like for black athletes in a sport-driven society. Recently Ohio State University’s sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor commented on his role model Michael Vick after practice. Vick had spent the last two years of his life in prison after being convicted on federal dog-fighting charges, and Pryor chose to defend him. He said, “Not everybody is the perfect person in the world. Everyone does -- kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me. I just feel that people need to give him a chance," and the media destroyed him. Although he was never fined or suspended for those comments, it was one of the many examples where a black student-athlete said something off-color and severely paid for it in the media. Someone could probably write a book on unintelligent comments made by athletes, but this literature analysis will focus more on the unique treatment of African American student athletes. Suzanne Malia Lawrence, Ph.D. An examination of the African American Male Athlete’s Experience of Race in Sport . Volume 7: Issue 1. June 2004. Dr. Lawrence interviewed four different athletes in her study of race relations in sport for African American men. Her goal was to gain a deeper understanding of how
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race mattered in sport, and she wondered how it played a role in their careers. Her interviews had four distinct themes: outrage, being hurt, being empowered and team togetherness. These themes were much different than previous experiments she mentioned. Those other experiments focused more on black athletes and their relations with white coaches thus investigating how that affected their conduct and performance. Problem The purpose of this study is to utilize the existential-phenomenological approach to investigate the experiences of African American male athletes’ experiences of race throughout their athletic careers. There is a lack of qualitative inquiry into the feelings, attitudes, and experiences of black and white athletes about their participation in sport. There is a special need to focus qualitatively on the Black athlete’s experience with regard to race since very little investigation has been done in this area.
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This note was uploaded on 06/15/2011 for the course KIN 350 taught by Professor Warner during the Fall '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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