Beyond the Cheers: Race as Spectacle in College Sport

Beyond the Cheers: Race as Spectacle in College Sport

by C. Richard King, Charles Fruehling Springwood
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791450066

ISBN-13: 9780791450062

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: State University of New York Press

From mascots to half-time shows to media coverage, Beyond the Cheers critically and honestly assesses the role of race in big time college sports.

Focusing on half-time performances, commercialized stagings, media coverage, public panics, and political protests, Beyond the Cheers offers an ethnography, history, and social critique of racial spectacles in

Overview

From mascots to half-time shows to media coverage, Beyond the Cheers critically and honestly assesses the role of race in big time college sports.

Focusing on half-time performances, commercialized stagings, media coverage, public panics, and political protests, Beyond the Cheers offers an ethnography, history, and social critique of racial spectacles in college sport. King and Springwood argue that collegiate revenue producing sports are created as a spectacle, driven by a range of contradictory meanings and exploitative practices. While Native Americans are viewed largely as empty or distorted images and African Americans are seen as both shining stars and ‘troubled delinquents,’ White Americans remain constant as spectators, coaches, administrators, journalists, and athletes, producing and consuming college sport, performing and policing, but seemingly unmarked as racial subjects. In consuming these spectacles, American sports fans learn to embrace inflated, contradictory, and distorted renderings of racial difference and the history of race relations in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791450062
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
SUNY series on Sport, Culture, and Social Relations Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Posting Up: Introductory Notes on Race, Sports, and Post-America

2. White Out: Erasures of Race in College Athletics

3 “Kill the Indians, Save the Chief”: Native American Mascots and Imperial Identities

4. Sammy Seminole, Jim Crow, and Osceola: Playing Indian and Racial Hierarchy at Florida State University

5. Body and Soul: Physicality, Disciplinarity, and the Overdetermination of Blackness

6. Of Rebels and Leprechauns: Longing, Passing, and the Stagings of Whiteness

7. Postcolonial Arenas: The Dis-Ease of Desire in America

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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