Sports Stars: Public Culture and the Politics of Representation

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Overview

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.

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'Clear and well-thought-out ... a stimulating introduction ... along with a series of revealing case studies.' - The Hedgehog Review - Celebrity Culture
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415221191
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Andrews is an Associate Professor of Sport and Cultural Studies in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland at College Park and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at De Montfort University, Bedford.
Steven J. Jackson is Senior Lecturer in Sport and Leisure Studies in the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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Table of Contents

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

    Posted December 25, 2001

    Excellent analysis without being star-struck

    This collection of essays on sport, celebrity, and culture are a welcomed edition to anyone interested in the way sport interacts with and is defined by the culture of everyday life. Where this collection succeeds (and where other such collections of essays on 'celebrity athletes' fail) is that the authors critical engage with and challenge the position and power granted to such sport figures. I was particularly taken with the chapters on 'Gretzky Nation' (the cultural impact of Gretzky's trade from the Oilers to the Kings), 'Global Hingis' (which looks at tennis star Martina Hingis as being representative of the new wave of global sporting stars), and the 'postmodern blackness' of Ian Wright. I'd definitely recommend this book.

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