Muhammad Ali: Trickster in the Culture of Irony

Muhammad Ali: Trickster in the Culture of Irony

by Charles Lemert
     
 

Muhammad Ali has a unique place in global history. One of the most extraordinary athletes of all times, Ali is also, as he always was, an inadvertent but powerful figure in world affairs. From the first announcement of his membership in the Nation of Islam, through his courageous refusal to fight in Vietnam, to his spiritual calm in the face of crippling disease,

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Muhammad Ali has a unique place in global history. One of the most extraordinary athletes of all times, Ali is also, as he always was, an inadvertent but powerful figure in world affairs. From the first announcement of his membership in the Nation of Islam, through his courageous refusal to fight in Vietnam, to his spiritual calm in the face of crippling disease, Muhammad Ali’s steady values have inspired others the world over to rethink their racial, political, and spiritual attitudes.

Ali’s life over the years has put irony in a different light. When Muhammad Ali stood against those who criticized him for converting to the Nation of Islam, he told the world “I don’t have to be what you want me to be.” What first appeared as simple defiance was revealed over the years as rock solid conviction – a conviction that allowed him to be and do what he believed in, while also embracing the world in his loving and laughing way.

Charles Lemert writes with grace, perspective, and affection. Muhammad Ali is the first book to unravel the reasons for the enduring respect and reverence that Muhammad Ali commands long after the end of his athletic career.

This text will appeal to those teaching and studying cultural studies, social theory, sports studies, and sociology, as well as to general readers interested in Muhammad Ali.

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"A brilliant meditation on celebrity and spectatorship and anastute cultural analysis of race and sport, Charles Lemert'sMuhammad Ali is also an affectionate biography of one of themost significant figures of our age." Barry Glassner, Universityof Southern California, author of The Culture of Fear

"Ali's fame was launched on the tide of his astonishing athleticprowess, but it was borne along by the spurting cross-currents ofculture, race and politics which boiled so fiercely during the1960s and 1970s. Lemert is excellent on Ali in relation to thesecross-currents, but he also dares to dive deeper, into the secretwaters of myth, totem and taboo which still underlie more of humanthought and feeling than we may like to admit … This is aremarkably interesting and re-readable essay." FinancialTimes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745628714
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/15/2003
Series:
Polity celebrities Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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