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Cooky, Cheryl / Messner, Michael A.

No Slam Dunk

Gender, Sport and the Unevenness of Social Change

With contrib. by Musto, Michela / Rauscher, Lauren / Begovic, Marko / Oglesby, Carole / Sabo, Don / Snyder, Marjorie / Bozada-Deas, Suzel / Dworkin, Shari / Dycus, Ranissa / Wachs, Faye Linda

Series:Critical Issues in Sport and Society


    217,95 € / $250.00 / £197.50*

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    Publication Date:
    May 2018
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    Aims and Scope

    In just a few decades, sport has undergone a radical gender transformation. However, Cheryl Cooky and Michael A. Messner suggest that the progress toward gender equity in sports is far from complete. The continuing barriers to full and equal participation for young people, the far lower pay for most elite-level women athletes, and the continuing dearth of fair and equal media coverage all underline how much still has yet to change before we see gender equality in sports.

    The chapters in No Slam Dunk show that is this not simply a story of an “unfinished revolution.” Rather, they contend, it is simplistic optimism to assume that we are currently nearing the conclusion of a story of linear progress that ends with a certain future of equality and justice. This book provides important theoretical and empirical insights into the contemporary world of sports to help explain the unevenness of social change and how, despite significant progress, gender equality in sports has been “No Slam Dunk.”


    314 pages
    4 black and white photos, 19 tables
    sports;gender sports;basketball;women's basketball;slam dunk;gender equality;women athletes;social change
    College/higher education;

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    CHERYL COOKY is an associate professor of American Studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

    MICHAEL A. MESSNER is a professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is the author or editor of many books including Child’s Play: Sport in Kids’ Worlds (Rutgers University Press).


    "No Slam Dunk is an invaluable, highly accessible resource and a fantastic addition to the sport and gender literature. Cooky and Messner provide a volume that is both entertaining and engaging."
    — Jeffrey Montez de Oca, author of Discipline and Indulgence: College Football, Media, and the American Way of Life

    "Sport is an essential window for understanding what unites and divides us. It shapes our world. No Slam Dunk is essential: a decoder ring for understanding issues of gender and sexuality with the Rosetta Stone that is the games we play."
    — Dave Zirin, sports editor, The Nation

    "'I don't think it's coincidental that the dunk becomes emblematic of men's basketball—and supposedly what makes men's basketball exciting—right at the moment the women's game is ascendent,'says Michael Messner, a professor of sociology and gender studies at USC and co-author of the upcoming bookNo Slam Dunk: Gender, Sport and the Unevenness of Social Change"
    — Natalie Weiner, Bleacher Report

    "No Slam Dunk: Gender, Sport and the Unevenness of Social Changeby Cheryl Cooky and Michael A. Messner (Rutgers University Press; 314 pages; $99.95 hardcover, $39.95 paperback). Combines empirical and theoretical perspectives in a study of challenges that remain for gender equity in sports."
    — Chronicle of Higher Education

    — Choice

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