Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism / Edition 1

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Overview

"The vexing question of why soccer struggles to establish itself firmly on the American sports landscape is brilliantly and persuasively answered in this groundbreaking work. Sociology scholars and soccer aficionados alike should be intrigued by this painstakingly comprehensive analysis, made especially accessible by the lively and enthusiastic style of the authors. It is remarkable as a happy marriage of the scholar's methods with the fan's passion for the world's game. A must read for lovers and observers of the game in America and in the totally converted soccer community occupying the rest of our planet."--Seamus Malin, Soccer Commentator, ESPN and ABC

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Editorial Reviews

Der Standard
Warmly recommended to all those who want to understand and appreciate . . . popular culture in the United States.
— Roman Horak
Choice
The text is well referenced, historically grounded, and offers excellent insight into US soccer and its past, present, and future potential as a major sport. Highly recommended for both the general population and those interested in sports studies and sociology of sport.
American Journal of Sociology
This is the first adequate sociocultural history of the sport in the United States. . . . Sports sociologists will look to this book for soccer material and also for the author's fresh conceptualization of sports culture. Sociologists with more general interests in culture and institutional analysis might also find it useful and informative as a case study.
— John Wilson
Der Standard - Roman Horak
Warmly recommended to all those who want to understand and appreciate . . . popular culture in the United States.
American Journal of Sociology - John Wilson
This is the first adequate sociocultural history of the sport in the United States. . . . Sports sociologists will look to this book for soccer material and also for the author's fresh conceptualization of sports culture. Sociologists with more general interests in culture and institutional analysis might also find it useful and informative as a case study.
From the Publisher

"Warmly recommended to all those who want to understand and appreciate . . . popular culture in the United States."--Roman Horak, Der Standard (Vienna)

"The text is well referenced, historically grounded, and offers excellent insight into US soccer and its past, present, and future potential as a major sport. Highly recommended for both the general population and those interested in sports studies and sociology of sport."--Choice

"This is the first adequate sociocultural history of the sport in the United States. . . . Sports sociologists will look to this book for soccer material and also for the author's fresh conceptualization of sports culture. Sociologists with more general interests in culture and institutional analysis might also find it useful and informative as a case study."--John Wilson, American Journal of Sociology

Steve Dawson
This book contributes to the field of sport sociology by providing critical information about the growth and history of soccer in America. The inclusion of the historical development of major sports and the lack of sport space is crucial to the main argument. The research and sources are appropriate and well presented, and the book is clearly organized and well written.
Contemporary Sociology
Choice
The text is well referenced, historically grounded, and offers excellent insight into US soccer and its past, present, and future potential as a major sport.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691074474
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2001
  • Series: Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 697,341
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface vii
Introduction 3
One The Argument: Sports As Culture in In ustrial Societies--American Conformities and Exceptions 7
Two The Formation of the American Sport Space: "Crow ing Out" and
Other Factors in the Relegation and Marginalization of Soccer 52
Three Soccer's Trials and Tribulations: Beginnings, Chaos, "Almosts," Obscurity, an Colleges 99
Four The Formation and Rearrangement of the American Sport Space in the Secon Half of the wentieth Century 128
Five From the North American Soccer League to Major League Soccer 162
Six The World Cup in the Unite States 201
Seven The Coverage of World Cup '98 by the American Media and the Tournament's Reception by the American Public 235
Conclusion 264
Appendixes 273
A. A Statistical Abstract on Recreational, Scholastic, and Collegiate Soccer in the United States 275
B. A Sample of Opinion from American Sports Columnists and Journalists regarding the 1994 World Cup 282
Notes 299
Bibliography 341
Index 353
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