The Athletic Crusade: Sport and American Cultural Imperialism

The Athletic Crusade: Sport and American Cultural Imperialism

by Gerald R. Gems
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803222165

ISBN-13: 9780803222168

Pub. Date: 06/28/2006

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska

The Athletic Crusade is the first book to systematically analyze the role of sports in the expansion of U.S. empire from the 1890s through World War II. Gerald R. Gems details how white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant males set the standard for inclusion within American society, transferred that standard to foreign territories, and subtly used American sports to instill…  See more details below

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The Athletic Crusade is the first book to systematically analyze the role of sports in the expansion of U.S. empire from the 1890s through World War II. Gerald R. Gems details how white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant males set the standard for inclusion within American society, transferred that standard to foreign territories, and subtly used American sports to instill allegedly desirable racial, moral, and commercial virtues in colonial subjects. In the realm of such expansion, sports provided a less harsh, less militaristic means of instilling belief in a dominant system's values and principles than more overt methods such as war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803222168
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Race, religion, and manifest destiny1
2China and the rejection of Christianity17
3Baseball and Bushido in Japan30
4Sport and colonialism in the Philippines45
5Hawaii as a cultural crossroads of sport67
6Cuba and the rehabilitative qualities of sport82
7Sport and the restoration of pride in Puerto Rico99
8Sport and economic retaliation in the Dominican Republic115
9The outposts of empire125
10The globalization of sport148

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