Sports Stars: Public Culture and the Politics of Representation

Sports Stars: Public Culture and the Politics of Representation

by David L. Andrews
     
 

In a culture obsessed with celebrity, sportmen and women are some of the highest profile figures. We are fascinated by sport stars' lifestyles, love lives, and earning power. Sport Stars investigates the nature of contemporary sporting celebrity, examining stars' often turbulent relationships with the media, and with the sporting establishment.
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In a culture obsessed with celebrity, sportmen and women are some of the highest profile figures. We are fascinated by sport stars' lifestyles, love lives, and earning power. Sport Stars investigates the nature of contemporary sporting celebrity, examining stars' often turbulent relationships with the media, and with the sporting establishment.
Through a series of case studies of sporting stars, including Diego Maradona, Michael Jordan, Venus Williams and David Beckham, contributors examine the cultural, political, economic and technological forces which combine to produce sporting celebrity, and consider the ways in which these most public of individuals inform and influence private experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415221191
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sport Celebrities, Public Culture, and Private Experience
1Michael Jordan: Corporate Sport and Postmodern Celebrityhood
2Excursions into Otherness: Understanding Dennis Rodman and the Limits of Subversive Agency
3Andre Agassi and Generation X: Reading White Masculinity in 1990s America
4America's New Son: Tiger Woods and America's Multiculturalism
5From "Child's Play" to "Party Crasher": Venus Williams, Racism and Professional Women's Tennis
6Postmodern Blackness and the Celebrity Sports Star: Ian Wright, "Race" and English Identity
7Evil Genie or Pure Genius?: The (Im)moral Football and Public Career of Paul "Gazza" Gascoigne
8Punishment, Redemption and Celebration in the Popular Press: The Case of David Beckham
9The Spectacle of a Heroic Life: The Case of Diego Maradona
10Gretzky Nation: Canada, Crisis, and Americanization
11Hideo Nomo: Pioneer or Defector?
12Global Hingis: Flexible Citizenship and the Transnational Celebrity
13Nyandika Maiyoro and Kipchoge Keino: Transgression, Colonial Rhetoric and the Postcolonial Athlete
14Imran Khan: The Road from Cricket to Politics
15Brian Lara: (Con)testing the Caribbean Imagination
16Cathy Freeman and the Quest for Australian Identity

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