With case studies from Babe Ruth to David Beckham , Garry Whannel considers how masculinity and male identity are represented through images of sport and sporting celebrity.
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Media Sport Stars

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With case studies from Babe Ruth to David Beckham , Garry Whannel considers how masculinity and male identity are represented through images of sport and sporting celebrity.
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'Whannel is an experienced guide into questions of commodification, sexism, racism, and nationalism, as he takes us through the logics and practices of television and the tabloids.' - International Review for the Sociology of Sport

'Media Sport Stars has the theoretical heft to bear out [the] promise of potential ... a winning one.' - The Hedgehog Review - Celebrity Culture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203996263
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 11/29/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 509 KB

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Pt. I The tales they tell of men ... 15
2 Discourses of crisis in masculinity 17
3 The development of media sport 30
4 Heroes and stars 40
5 Narrativity and biography 52
6 Sporting masculinities 64
Pt. II From sporting print to satellite ... 79
7 The birth of the sport star: pre-war fame 81
8 Good boys: stars, nations and respectability in the 1950s 94
9 Pretty boys, the 1960s and pop culture 109
10 Bad boys and the work ethic 129
Pt. III The restless vortex of celebrity 143
11 Celebration, punishment, redemption and self-discipline 145
12 Moralities, masculinities and violence 159
13 Identities: 'race', nation and masculinities 173
14 Performances, appearances, identities and postmodernities 190
15 Vortextuality and conspicuous consumption 201
16 Conclusion: So what if the poxy swan is the wrong way? 213
App. 1: Biographical notes 217
App. 2 The concept of 'role model' - critical notes 222
App. 3 Notes on methodological issues 226
Notes 228
Bibliography 244
Index 259
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