Body Politic: The Great American Sports Machine

Body Politic: The Great American Sports Machine

by David Shields
     
 


In Body Politic, David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories (both fictional and nonfictional), considers the kinds of athletes we chooseSee more details below

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In Body Politic, David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories (both fictional and nonfictional), considers the kinds of athletes we choose as heroes, and delineates the lessons and values we glean from sports. He explores the intricate and telling relationships between players and coaches, black and white players, immigrant and native players, male and female players, players and broadcasters, players and fans, and players and advertisers. In the process, he shows us the stories we Americans tell ourselves about the kind of people we believe ourselves to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803260320
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
0.45(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Table of Contents

The wound and the bow : a long prologue1
On the need to connect with something larger than yourself23
Fairy tale of reinvention and escape40
Words can't begin to describe what I'm feeling55
Heaven is a playground65
Fandom79
History of America, #3483
How it feels to be a problem96
Myths of place106
A little Euro trash-talk116
Being Ichiro121
Matsui among the Americans136
Bring the pain144
Being random is the key to life161
42 tattoos : an epilogue178

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