Confronting ‘race’ and policy: sport, race and indigeneity

Taylor and Francis
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Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 2016, 8 (2), pp. 212 - 217
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Where Hylton and Long (2015) draw on a welcome abundance of historical, sociological and policy literature about intersections between sport, ‘race’ and society, I address here the less understood, though perhaps even more complex, virtues or otherwise of sport, ‘race’ and indigeneity for First Nation communities in post-colonial settings (Bloom & Willard, 2002; Long & Spracklen, 2010; Ross, 2005). The situatedness of ethnic categories that Hylton and Long (2015) hint at is augmented in this consideration of ‘race’, ethnicity and Indigeneity to insinuate how identities are lived and resisted. As with ethno-racial diasporas, such as African American (Wiggins, 2015) or British African-Caribbean groups (Carrington, 2010), indigenous peoples confront difficulties with racism and stereotyping, irrespective of the validity of the constructs. Additionally, in both society and sport they encounter major challenges (and ironically enough some opportunities) as a consequence of being indigenous and ascribed racialised labels.
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