Playing and Protesting: Sport as a Vehicle for Social Change

  title={Playing and Protesting: Sport as a Vehicle for Social Change},
  author={Peter Iver Kaufman and Eli A. Wolff},
  journal={Journal of Sport \& Social Issues},
  pages={154 - 175}
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