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Willms, Nicole

When Women Rule the Court

Gender, Race, and Japanese American Basketball

Series:Critical Issues in Sport and Society


    217,95 € / $250.00 / £197.50*

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    August 2017
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    Aims and Scope

    For nearly one hundred years, basketball has been an important part of Japanese American life. Women’s basketball holds a special place in the contemporary scene of highly organized and expansive Japanese American leagues in California, in part because these leagues have produced numerous talented female players. Using data from interviews and observations, Nicole Willms explores the interplay of social forces and community dynamics that have shaped this unique context of female athletic empowerment. As Japanese American women have excelled in mainstream basketball, they have emerged as local stars who have passed on the torch by becoming role models and building networks for others.


    258 pages
    10 photographs
    College/higher education;

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    NICOLE WILLMS is an assistant professor of sociology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.


    “Willms has combined solid research with clear prose to craft an exemplary study that is smart in execution and fresh in its perspective.When Women Rule the Courtis unlike any other on the market and will make contributions to multiple fields."
    — C. Richard King, author of Redskins: Insult and Brand

    "Willms provides ameaning-laden sporting milieu with multi-generational investments, complexsocial formations, and kinship networks of Japanese American basketball thatcomplicates femininity, ethnicity, ability, and nation. This book challenges hyper-hetero-masculinized readings of sport through spectacular athletes and everyday sporting cultures."
    — Stanley Thangaraj, author of Desi Hoop Dreams: Pickup Basketball and the Making of Asian American Masculinity

    "This book will make a strong contribution to multiple fields. It will inspire discussions about the intersection of gender and race, the process of racialization and the production of ethnic identity through sport, and the role of iconic female sporting stars in the empowerment of young girls."
    — Gender & Society

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