March 22, 2021

Episode 67: Black Feminism and Contemporary Sports Culture with Dr. Letisha Brown

In this week’s episode of The End of Sport, Johanna and Derek chat with Dr. Letisha Brown, assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Tech, to talk about Black feminism(s), gender, sport, and the sports media industrial complex. Grounded in a discussion of Dr. Brown’s published work, the first part of the episode centers on the importance of using Black feminist approaches to sport and sporting culture to critically engage with the myriad contemporary issues we talk about on the show. We then talk about how this lens might be applied to other discussions we have had on the show – including racial capitalism and exploitation in revenue generating NCAA sport and racism in gymnastics.

Dr. Letisha Brown is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and affiliate of the Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies Programs at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on representations of Black female athletes in the media, as well as the ways social relationships influence healthy eating, overeating, and food choices. Dr. Brown’s brilliant work can be found in The Shadow League and the Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education, and in the journals Social Forces, Ethnic Studies Review, South African Review of Sociology, and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Dr. Brown is also a *must* follow on Twitter!


For a transcription of this episode, please click here. (Updated semi-regularly Credit @punkademic)

Research Assistance for The End of Sport provided by Abigail Bomba.


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