Artificial Ice: Hockey, Commerce and Cultural Identity

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Artificial Ice explores how hockey has moved from popular pastime to commercial entertainment product, and one struggling to maintain its stature in the North American entertainment market. Contributors to Artificial Ice discuss the changing character of "major league" sports in North America, the strategic mistakes of the NHL in trying to enlarge its US presence, the importance of television to the economics of sports today, and the role of luxury sports facilities in the new "downtown" economy. The book highlights profound social and cultural changes within hockey, as well as in the global market for sporting spectacles.

Academics please note that this is a title classified as having a restricted allocation of complimentary copies. Restricted titles remain available to adopters and to academics very likely to adopt in the coming semester. When adoption possibilities are less strong and/or further in the future, academics are requested to purchase the title, with the proviso that UTP Higher Education will happily refund the purchase price if the book is indeed adopted.

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Editorial Reviews

American Review of Canadian Studies

The one-two punch of David Whitson and Richard Gruneau is fast gaining the reputation of being the academic equivalent of the New York Islanders' prolific on-ice tandem of Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy. Following upon their ealier collaboration, Hockey Night in Canada, the duo assembled a gifted cast of academics to write Artificial Ice. The final product is a set of twelve well-crafted essays that are informative and insightful. This edited volume shows the cultural implications of hockey, not only in Canada but globally, as well as the economic and political side of the sport.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551930558
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
  • Publication date: 5/18/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

David Whitson is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. He is co-author, with Richard Gruneau, of the widely acclaimed Hockey Night in Canada: Sport, Identities, and Cultural Politics (Garamond Press, 1993).

Richard Gruneau is a Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. In addition to co-authoring Hockey Night in Canada, he is the author of Class, Sports, and Social Development (University of Massachusetts Press, 1983).

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Table of Contents

Roy MacGregor



Part I: Hockey in Contemporary Canadian Culture

1. Whose Sweater Is This? The Changing Meanings of Hockey in Quebec

Jean Harvey

2. Selective Memory in a Global Culture: Reconsidering Links between Youth, Hockey, and Canadian Identity

Brian Wilson

3. The Game of Whose Lives? Gender, Race, and Entitlement in Canada's "National" Game

Mary Louise Adams

4. Women's Hockey in Canada: After the "Gold Rush"

Julie Stevens

5. Hockey Canada and the Bodychecking Debate in Minor Hockey

Michael Robidoux and Pierre Trudel

6. Racialization and Hockey in Canada: From Personal Troubles to a Canadian Challenge

Robert Pitter

Part II: The Political Economy of Hockey

7. Playing with the Big Boys: Smaller Markets, Competitive Balance, and the Hope for a Championship Team

Mark Rosentraub

8. Hockey Night in the United States? The NHL, Major League Sports, and the Evolving Television/Media Marketplace

Robert Bellamy and Kelly Shultz

9. Expanding the Footprint? Questioning the NHL's Expansion and Relocation Strategy

Dan Mason

10. From Maple Leaf Gardens to the Air Canada Centre: The Downtown Entertainment Economy in "World Class" Toronto

John Hannigan

11. Have Skates, Will Travel: Canada, International Hockey, and the Changing Hockey Labour Market

Hart Cantelon

12. Globalization in Professional Sport: Comparisons and Contrasts between Hockey and European Football

Julian Ammirante



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