Master of Arts (MA)
Sociology (Arts and Sciences)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Jomills H. Braddock II
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Tywan G. Martin
The thesis qualitatively explores the immigration and racial discourses employed by Major League Baseball fans through a purposive sample of twenty-four non-Hispanic whites in Miami, Florida, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Major League Baseball, popularly regarded as “America’s national pastime,” provides a strategic site of inquiry as rosters have grown more international in the previous decades, mirroring demographic shifts in the United States. Results demonstrate that while white fans support migrant players on their team, their support often rests on the players’ ability to produce wins, approximating the principle of interest convergence within critical race theory. Despite their professed tolerance for international players, supportive fans simultaneously uttered various discriminatory stereotypes of immigrants, at times holding contradictory expectations between the immigrants and migrant players. These findings complicate the notion of tolerance towards immigrants or other marginalized racial groups and underscore the potential for sport to uncover and challenge colorblind racism, as well as more overtly racist ideologies held by whites.
sociology; racism; immigration; discourse; sport; critical theory
Morken, Mallory, "America’s Pastime: Racist Nativism among Non-Hispanic White Major League Baseball Fans" (2018). Open Access Theses. 719.
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