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When Women Rule the Court

Gender, Race, and Japanese American Basketball

Nicole Willms (author)

ISBN: 9780813584157

Publication Date: Jul 2017

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Women's basketball holds a special place in the contemporary scene of highly organised and expansive Japanese American leagues in California, in part because these leagues have produced numerous talented 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.
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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.
Illustrations 10 photographs
Pages 244
Dimensions 216 x 140
Date Published 30 Jul 2017
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series Critical Issues in Sport and Society
Subject/s Gender studies: women   Ethnic studies   Basketball  
Nicole Willms is an assistant professor of sociology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

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