Media Sport Stars: Masculinities and Moralities / Edition 1

Media Sport Stars: Masculinities and Moralities / Edition 1

by Garry Whannel
     
 

Media Sport Stars considers how masculinity and male identity are represented through images of sport and sport stars. From the pre-radio era to today's specialist TV channels, newspaper supplements and websites, Whannel traces the growing cultural importance of sport and sportmen, showing how the very practices of sport are still bound up with the

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Media Sport Stars considers how masculinity and male identity are represented through images of sport and sport stars. From the pre-radio era to today's specialist TV channels, newspaper supplements and websites, Whannel traces the growing cultural importance of sport and sportmen, showing how the very practices of sport are still bound up with the production of masculinities.
Through a series of case studies of British and American sportsmen, Whannel traces the emergence of of the sporting 'hero' and 'star' , and considers the ways in which the lives of sport stars are narrated through the media. Focusing on figures like Muhammad Ali and David Beckham, whose fame has spread well beyond the world of sport, he shows how growing media coverage has helped produced a sporting system, and examines how modern celebrity addresses the issues of race and nation, performance and identity, morality and violence.
From Babe Ruth to Mike Tyson, Media Sport Stars demonstrates that, in an era in which both morality and masculinity are percieved to be 'in crisis', sport holds a central place in contemporary culture, and sport stars become the focal point for discourses of masculinity and morality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415170376
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/14/2001
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1Introduction1
Pt. IThe tales they tell of men ...15
2Discourses of crisis in masculinity17
3The development of media sport30
4Heroes and stars40
5Narrativity and biography52
6Sporting masculinities64
Pt. IIFrom sporting print to satellite ...79
7The birth of the sport star: pre-war fame81
8Good boys: stars, nations and respectability in the 1950s94
9Pretty boys, the 1960s and pop culture109
10Bad boys and the work ethic129
Pt. IIIThe restless vortex of celebrity143
11Celebration, punishment, redemption and self-discipline145
12Moralities, masculinities and violence159
13Identities: 'race', nation and masculinities173
14Performances, appearances, identities and postmodernities190
15Vortextuality and conspicuous consumption201
16Conclusion: So what if the poxy swan is the wrong way?213
App. 1: Biographical notes217
App. 2The concept of 'role model' - critical notes222
App. 3Notes on methodological issues226
Notes228
Bibliography244
Index259

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