American Sports: From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Televised Sports / Edition 6

American Sports: From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Televised Sports / Edition 6

by Benjamin G. Rader
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0205665152

ISBN-13: 9780205665150

Pub. Date: 11/10/2008

Publisher: Pearson

Completely updated and revised, American Sports sets sports in a social-cultural historical context. This highly-acclaimed book offers a reflective, analytical history of American sports from the colonial era to the present. With a focus on the historical relationship between sports, and gender, class, race, ethnicity, religion, and region, this book considers

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Completely updated and revised, American Sports sets sports in a social-cultural historical context. This highly-acclaimed book offers a reflective, analytical history of American sports from the colonial era to the present. With a focus on the historical relationship between sports, and gender, class, race, ethnicity, religion, and region, this book considers how sports transcend these fundamental categories, and how the experience of sports either as a player or as a fan can bind diverse groups together. This book also looks at how sports at various historical moments have reinforced or challenged the values and behaviors of society

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205665150
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
11/10/2008
Series:
MySearchLab Series 15% off Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1 Sports in Early America

Britain’s Festive Culture

The Puritan Assault upon Britain’s Festive Culture

Lawful Sport” in New England and the Middle Colonies

Sporting Ways of the Southern Colonies

Tavern Pastimes

The Backcountry’s Sporting Ways

Pastimes of the Revolutionary Era

2 The Setting for Nineteenth-Century Sports

Conquering Space and Time

The Rise of Middle-Class Victorian Culture

“Rational” Recreation and Muscular Christianity

An Oppositional Culture

Enclaves of the Oppositional Culture

Nineteenth-Century Sporting Groups

3 The Sporting Fraternity and Its Spectacles

John Cox Stevens: Wealthy Patron of Antebellum Sporting Spectacles

Pedestrianism, Rowing, and Billiards

Early History of American Prizefighting

Meanings of Prizefighting

Prizefighting in the Postbellum Era

Enter John L. Sullivan

Postbellum Thoroughbred Horse Racing

4 The Rise of America’s National Game

The Club-Based Fraternal Game

Baseball as a Commercial Enterprise

The National League

The Players’ Revolt

Ethnics and African Americans

Between the Foul Lines and in the Stands

5 N ineteenth-Century Sporting Communities

Ethnic (or Immigrant) Sporting Communities

Turner Societies

African American Sporting Communities

The Wealthy New York Sporting Community

Sports and the Forging of an American Upper Class

Athletic Clubs

Amateurism and Its Uses

Cricket Clubs and Country Clubs

6 The Rise of Intercollegiate Sports

The First Intercollegiate Sport

Early Intercollegiate Baseball, Track, and Football

Walter Camp: Father of American Football

Football and the Making of College Communities

Football Becomes an Upper-Class Sporting Spectacle

7 The Rise of Organized Youth Sports, 1880—1920

The Social Context

The Cultural Context

Luther Halsey Gulick Jr.

The Evolutionary Theory of Play

The Public Schools Athletic League

The Playground Movement

Private Academy and High School Sports

8 The Setting for Organized Sports, 1890—1950

The Media and Sports

The New Middle Class, Modern Consumer Culture, and the Quest for Excitement

Islands of Pleasure

The Strenuous Life

Changing Ideals of Physical Beauty

An Age of Racial Segregation

9 The Age of Sports Heroes

Babe Ruth

Red Grange

Jack Johnson

The Golden Age of Boxing

10 Baseball’s Golden Age

Baseball’s Coming of Age

An Age of the Pitcher

Ty Cobb

Baseball’s Quest for Order

The Black Sox Scandal and the Reign of Kenesaw Mountain Landis

An Age of Team Dynasties

Black Baseball

11 The Intercollegiate Football Spectacle

The Age of Crisis, 1890—1913

The Issue of Brutality and Major Rule Changes

The Formation of Conferences

The Reign of King Football

The Football Coach as Hero

The Incomplete Democratization of College Football

Continuing Controversies

12 The Club Sports Go Public

Tennis Goes Public

Golf Goes Public

The Emperor, Bobby Jones

Track and Field

The Revived Olympic Games

13 The Rise and Decline of Organized Women’s Sports, 1890—1960

The Athletic Girl

Early Women’s Basketball

The Arrival of the Women Sports’ Heroes

The War over Turf and Principles

Female Cheerleaders

The Rise and Decline of Women’s Softball and Baseball

14 The Setting of Organized Sports Since 1950

The Sprawling Metropolises

The Inner City and the Suburbs

The Nation’s Sporting Ideology

The Sporting Ideology Under Assault

The Quest for Self-Sufficiency and the Fitness Cult

The Advent of Televised Sports

Roone Arledge and Howard Cosell

The New Era of Sport and the Media

An Assessment of the Media

15 Professional Team Sports in the Age of Televison

The Woes of Baseball

On the Diamond

The Early Days of Pro Football

The Making of Pro Football

The Golden Age of Pro Football

Professional Basketball

Marketing Pro Team Sports

A New Age of Pro Team Sports

16 College Sports in the Age of Television

The NCAA Becomes a Cartel

The Soaring Popularity of College Football

A New Era of Television Rights

College Basketball Enters the National Arena

The Rising Popularity of College Basketball

The Scandals of the 1980s

The Financial Arms Race

17 American Sports in a Global Arena

The Politics of the Olympic Games

The Escalation of the Stakes

Amateurism Abandoned

Television and the Ascent of Golf

Tennis–Open to All

The New Global Sports Marketplace

18 The African American Quest for Equity in Sports

The Origins of Desegregation

Rickey and Robinson Integrate the National Game

Muhammad Ali

The Black Athletic Revolt

Continuing Discrimination

Have Sports Damaged Black America?

19 The Quest for Equity in Women’s Sports

Continuing Issues in Women’s Sports

The Impetus for Change

Rising Hopes and Expectations

Resistance to Equity in Women’s Sports

Continuing Constraints on Women’s Sports

20 The Athletes

Heroes or Merely Celebrities?

Escaping Serfdom

Free Agency

Mixed Responses

Youth Athletes

21 American Sports: a Concluding Statement

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