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To be young, gifted, black and female: a meditation on the cultural politics at play in representations of Venus and Serena Williams


To be young, gifted, black and female: a meditation on the cultural politics at play in representations of Venus and Serena Williams



Sociology of Sport Online SOSOL 5(2): 1-16



This paper considers the cultural meaning and political significance of the arrival of Venus and Serena Williams on to the women's professional tennis tour. The discussion considers mass mediated accounts of their physicality, demeanour and style of play in order to examine the complex ways in which race and gender are embedded in dominant cultural narratives.

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