Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis



Thesis Type

Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors

First Advisor

Eleanor Miller


Race, Racism, Football


Ideas of biological differences between people of different racial groups have existed in the United States for centuries, either as popular belief or pseudo-scientific fact. These supposed biological differences have evolved over time as they incorporated new anecdotes and stereotypes. Today, the impact of these supposed biological differences can be found in sports through racial stacking. Stacking is a phenomenon whereby players of a certain racial group are more likely than players of other racial groups to play a certain position. This thesis investigates stacking in the National Football League, using both content analysis of football commentary and an experimental survey given to students at the University of Vermont who are members of men’s sports teams. This project aims to contribute to the growing body of work focused on race in the sociology of sport.

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