What Is This “White” in the White Male Student-Athlete?: White Students’ Perceptions of Academic and Athletic Success on Campus

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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In recent years, sport sociologists have increased their examination of the prevalence of whiteness dynamics in sport (Lawrence, 2013; McDonald & Toglia, 2010; Travers, 2011). The purpose of this study was to examine White college students’ perceptions (N = 190) regarding the academic and athletic success of a White male college football player. The photo-elicitation methodological technique was used, and whiteness theories (Dyer, 1997) were applied to the participants’ perceptions. The following four major themes emerged from the results: a) Privileged College Athlete; b) Proud; c) Worked Extremely Hard; and d) Very Intelligent & Successful. Practical implications of this study are highlighted, and future directions for researchers and practitioners are suggested.

Lawrence is with the Kinesiology Department, California State University—Fullerton, Fullerton, CA. Harrison and Scott Bukstein are with the College of Business Administration, Sport Business Management, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

Address author correspondence to Scott Bukstein at scott.bukstein@ucf.edu.
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