New Jack Jocks: Rebels,Race,and the American Athlete

New Jack Jocks: Rebels,Race,and the American Athlete

by Larry Platt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1566399548

ISBN-13: 9781566399548

Pub. Date: 04/16/2002

Publisher: Temple University Press

Letrell Sprewell. Allen Iverson. John McEnroe. Even Mohammed Ali and Mike Schmidt and Michael Jordan. These are characters of our national imagination, athletes who stand as symbols of our complex relationship with professional sport.

In this erudite and captivating book, bestselling author Larry Platt takes us on a tour through American sports. Offering

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Letrell Sprewell. Allen Iverson. John McEnroe. Even Mohammed Ali and Mike Schmidt and Michael Jordan. These are characters of our national imagination, athletes who stand as symbols of our complex relationship with professional sport.

In this erudite and captivating book, bestselling author Larry Platt takes us on a tour through American sports. Offering profiles of the athletes we love (and love to hate), Platt shows that sport, more than any other nationwide pastime, is the way we come to understand—and alter—race relations, gender, and, most profoundly, how we communicate with each other in ways that are often given too little credit in the minds of intellectuals.

Thought provoking and richly written, New Jack Jocks offers a textured picture of how athletes live their lives and how we live out and define American culture by the way we come to understand their lives in and out of the halls of play.

Author Biography: Larry Platt is an editor-at-large for Philadelphia magazine. His work has been published in The New York Times, GQ, and many other publications. The author of Keeping It Real: A Turbulent Season at the Crossroads with the NBA, he lives in the Philadelphia area.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566399548
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
04/16/2002
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.83(d)

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