Give and Go: Basketball As a Cultural Practice

Give and Go: Basketball As a Cultural Practice

by Thomas Mc Laughlin
     
 

From the city courts of Harlem to the church halls of Indiana, pickup basketball culture is intensely local and reflects the histories and identities of its players. In Give and Go, Thomas Mc Laughlin examines how players put into play a loose set of values and ethical styles that influence how they think, feel, move, and relate to others within the community. A… See more details below

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From the city courts of Harlem to the church halls of Indiana, pickup basketball culture is intensely local and reflects the histories and identities of its players. In Give and Go, Thomas Mc Laughlin examines how players put into play a loose set of values and ethical styles that influence how they think, feel, move, and relate to others within the community. A lifelong pickup ball player—one of modest skills but serious intent—Mc Laughlin has internalized and embodied the culture of the game, and he writes as a participant in the basketball community, putting into words what his body already knows. This book reflects the author’s personal experience and observation of the game, through the lens of contemporary cultural theory, and also examines the representation of basketball culture in popular media, including the films Hoop Dreams, Hoosiers, and White Men Can’t Jump. As only an insider can, Mc Laughlin takes readers onto the court and into the minds of players as they negotiate the culture of the game.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791473948
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/06/2008
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: Basketball as a Cultural Practice

2. The Ethics of Basketball

3. “Man to Man”: Basketball, Movement, and thePractice of Masculinity

4. Basketball, Decision Making, and Postindustrial Culture

5. Basketball as Community of Practice

6. Basketball and Racial Identity

7. Televising Basketball: Spectacle and Representation,Display and Control

8. Representing the Culture: Movies about Basketball

Works Cited
Suggested Readings
Index

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