Football and American Identity

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No sport reflects the American value system like football. Visitors to the United States need only watch a game or two to learn all they need to know about the American way of life and the beliefs, attitudes, and concerns of American society. Football and American Identity examines the social conditions and cultural implications found in the football subculture, represented by core values such as competition, conflict, diversity, power, economic success, fair play, liberty, and patriotism. This unique book goes beyond the standard fare on football strategy and history, or the biographies of famous players and coaches, to analyze the reasons why the game is the essence of the American spirit.
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What People Are Saying

John Grasso
AN INTERESTING VIEW OF THE SPORT FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. . . . A comprehensive, well-researched study of American football and its impact on American society. Dr. Falk shows how the sport's history has allowed football to evolve to its present-day status as a multi-billion dollar enterprise. He covers all aspects of the game -high school, college, professional-and all its participants-players, coaches, owners, medical staff, fans, cheerleaders, and the media.
Olympic Editor, Ring Record Book; Author of the Olympic Games Boxing Record Book; Co-author of 505 Boxing Questions Your Friends Can't Answer
Andrew M. Holowchak
Falk takes a comprehensive look at all aspects of the game that is an obsession with many Americans. His book contains much that is INFORMATIVE TO NOT ONLY THOSE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE GAME, BUT ALSO THOSE WHO ARE MAVENS, EVEN ADDICTS.
PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Kutztown University, Pennsylvania
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789025265
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Contemporary Sports Issues Series
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. The School and American Football

The Social Psychology of Football

The Academic Achievements of Football Players and Other Athletes

Children’s Football

Football and Aggression

Death and Injury on the Playing Field

Football As an Alternative Status System


Chapter 2. College Football—The Professionals’ Minor League

Football Develops a Subculture

Recruiting College Football Players

Money and Greed—The College Football Business

The Race Issue in College Football

Who Plays College Football?

The College Football Coach—Role Model for All Seasons

Football Injuries and Football Deaths



Chapter 3. Football as a Profession

A Brief History of Professional Football

The Coming of Television

Race and the NFL

Football Fanatics

The Domestic Lives of Football Players

Professional Football Players As Victims

Professional Football and Social Class

Race and the National Football League


Chapter 4. Football and Social Stratification

Social Stratification: The Status of Football Players

Wealth, Income, and the Football Business

Race and Football—A “Mixed Marriage”

Football—The Jewish Experience

Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas: Mothers of American Football

Gender and Sexual Orientation

Retired Football Players


Chapter 5. They Also Serve






Football Doctors, Injuries, and Drugs

General Managers



Chapter 6. Fanatics

The Football Hall of Fame

The Football Culture

Regional Differences Among Football Fans

The Tailgate Party and the Football Diet

In-Groups and Out-Groups

Fan Violence

Fantasy Football

Gender: Its Influence on Human Contact



Chapter 7. Football and the Media

Announcers and Analysts

Football and the Written Word—Print Journalism Supports the Game

Women Enter the Locker Room


Football Books

Football in Film

Football Songs and Lyrics

Football Jokes


Chapter 8. The Football Business

Money, Money Everywhere

Film Production



Contract Advisors/Agents

Football Lawyers

Football Stadium Construction Profit

Football Gambling


Chapter 9. Crime and American Football

The Benedict, Yaeger Research

Felonies and Misdemeanors: The Football Culture of Crime

Super Bowl XXXIV

Understanding Criminality Among Football Players

Gambling and Drugs

The Sociology of Crime


Chapter 10. The National Football League

Football Politics and the South

College Football Politics

The Commissioners

The NFL Machine

The International NFL

From Football to Politics

The NFL Community





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