chapter  9
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Open Cultural Space: Grassroots Basketball in the English-Speaking Caribbean

The social consequences of sport have received wide attention within the field of sport sociology. In particular, Marxist theorists have claimed that sport has implications for the organization and distribution of social power. In this paper, we examine two variants of Marxist thought relating to the role of sport in society and offer our own assessment of the social significance of basketball's development in the Caribbean. We do so on the basis of our experience as participant observers of West Indian basketball during substantial portions of the eight year period 1985-93.