Basketball Jones: America Above the Rim

Basketball Jones: America Above the Rim

by Todd Boyd, Kenneth L. Shropshire
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814713165

ISBN-13: 9780814713167

Pub. Date: 09/01/2000

Publisher: New York University Press

It began with Magic, Bird, and Dr. J. Then came Michael. The Dream Team. The WNBA. And, most recently, "Spree" Latrell Sprewell--American Dream or American Nightmare?--the embodiment of everything many believe is wrong--and others believe is exciting--about the game.

Today, despite the NBA strike, despite home run derbies, despite football's headlock on network

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It began with Magic, Bird, and Dr. J. Then came Michael. The Dream Team. The WNBA. And, most recently, "Spree" Latrell Sprewell--American Dream or American Nightmare?--the embodiment of everything many believe is wrong--and others believe is exciting--about the game.

Today, despite the NBA strike, despite home run derbies, despite football's headlock on network television ratings, despite the much-heralded return of baseball, basketball has assumed a role in American culture and consciousness impossible to imagine 20 years ago, when arenas were empty and the NBA finals were broadcast via tape delay in the wee hours.

So what happened? How did a "black sport," plagued by drug scandal and decimated by white flight, come to achieve such prominence? What are the subtle and not-so-subtle racial codes that define how the game is played and perceived, and the reception of its high-profile stars? What does the shift in popularity from the predominantly white, working-class ethos of baseball to the black, urban ethos of basketball suggest about contemporary life in America? What linkages exist between basketball and hip-hop culture and how did these develop? How has the arrival of women on the scene changed the equation?

Bringing together journalists, cultural critics, and academics, this wide-ranging anthology has something for everyone, from hard-core fan to casual observer.

Contributors: Todd Boyd, Kenneth L. Shropshire, Gerald Early, James Peterson, Susan J. Rayl, Davis W. Houck, Mark Conrad, Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Earl Smith, Sohail Daulatzi, Larry Platt, Tina Sloan Green, Alpha Alexander, Tara McPherson, Aaron Baker.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814713167
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Series:
Fast Track Bks.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: the game is to be sold, not to be told
Preface: Shaka's revenge: not all black men jump
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Basketball Jones: a new world order?1
1Privileges and immunities for basketball stars and other sports heroes?12
2Why baseball was the black national pastime27
3Gladiators, gazelles, and groupies: basketball love and loathing51
4Mo' money, mo' problems: keepin' it real in the post-Jordan era59
5The white shadow68
6Deconstructing the NBA75
7Blue-collar law and basketball90
8African American ownership: Bob Douglas and the Rens104
9Incivility and basketball123
10Attacking the rim: the cultural politics of dunking151
11Retelevising a revolution: commercial basketball and a chat with Gil Scott-Heron170
12Sheroes over the rim: a brave new women's basketball world176
13Who's got next? gender, race, and the mediation of the WNBA184
14View the world from American eyes: ball, Islam, and dissent in post-race America198
15Hoop dreams in black and white: race and basketball movies215
Contributors241
About the editors245

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