Media Sport Stars: Masculinities and Moralities / Edition 1

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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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'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: 9780415170376
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/14/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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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