The Formation of Desi Pickup Basketball
This chapter explores the social context and cartography of Atlanta through South Asian American pick-up basketball spaces. By situating the mosques in the racial landscape of the bible-belt, black-white U.S. South, the chapter explores how pick-up basketball presents an entrée into American-ness for young South Asian American men. Yet this entry into American-ness and ideas of meritocracy involves the exclusion of African American men and women from the sporting court. Furthermore, the chapter examines how South Asian American men perform an athletic masculinity through various basketball moves while signifying their class, race, and relation to immigration waves.
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