Subject fields: Anthropology, Communication & Media Studies, Critical/Cultural Studies, Disability Studies, History, Journalism, Kinesiology, Political Science, Popular Culture Studies, Psychology, Race Studies, Recreation Studies, Sociology, Women’s & Gender Studies, Disabled Sport

Call for Chapters for Edited Volume:

“Shut up and dribble”: Intersectional identities, media representation, and the power of sport”

This interdisciplinary collection seeks to emphasize scholars and writers who will examine sport, media, and society and how they shape popular thought on political and social issues. As noted above, we also intend to include stakeholder narrative as a part of each chapter to provide first-hand accounts of athletes or other sports stakeholders’ lived experiences. These experiences will also have the perspective of sports journalists who bring a unique view to these topics.  An example of the above might be a chapter on Paralympic media coverage of athletes, including a short essay from a Paralympic athlete.

Chapter topics may include:

  • media coverage of athletes and social justice movements (race, social class);
  • sports and protests, both historical and current;
  • sports and politics;
  • sports, disability, and access;
  • critical disability/race examinations of sport;
  • the fight for women’s equal pay across professional sports;
  • women/girls as invaders in male-dominated sports;
  • feminist perspectives on sport (participation/spectatorship/leadership roles);
  • sports and race/ethnicity/class;
  • LGBTQ+ movements and sports participation and commentary;
  • sports journalism – to include both print, televised, and social media;
  • sports and social movements; and/or
  • impacts of non-professional sport on identity.

 We are seeking qualitative or quantitative academic approaches and popular essays/narratives that employ thorough reporting methods.

 Requirements for chapter contributions

  • 100-150 word author bio/s; and
  • 300-500 word abstract including significance of the topic, geographical and disciplinary context, focus, and intersectional nature (if possible).

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Questions? Email Dr. Colombo-Dougovito at 

Contribution details and timelines

  • Submission of chapter proposals: December 20, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: January 4, 2021
  • Submission of completed chapter: May 1, 2021
  • Chapters should be between 6,000 – 10,000 words (including references)

*Lexington Books (a division of Rowman & Littlefield) has expressed interest in publishing this collection.