The Cultural Politics of Post-9/11 American Sport: Power, Pedagogy and the Popular

The Cultural Politics of Post-9/11 American Sport: Power, Pedagogy and the Popular

by Michael Silk
     
 

Alongside the glib treatment of 9/11 in popular culture in television shows such as 24 or films like United 93, it has become ‘normalized’ for the kick off of the National Football League to be presented live from the national monument in Washington; for ESPN to present Sportscenter live from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; for the Olympic coverage

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Alongside the glib treatment of 9/11 in popular culture in television shows such as 24 or films like United 93, it has become ‘normalized’ for the kick off of the National Football League to be presented live from the national monument in Washington; for ESPN to present Sportscenter live from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; for the Olympic coverage of Iraq’s first soccer game to be framed through a US ‘liberation’ narrative; or for para-military fitness instructors to publicly refine the bodies of the obese on The Biggest Loser. In this book, Micheal L. Silk critically interrogates these mediated sport spectacles, arguing that events such as the Super Bowl, the Olympic Games, and the Little League World Series appropriate and mobilize US corporo-political needs, opining a myopic expression of American jingoism, international and domestic war cries, militarism and geo-political domination. The book thus uncovers how political, economic and military trajectories in the post 9/11 era have been normalized, reduced to the affective realm of popular culture, and nurtured and expressed in, and through, commercial media sporting spectacles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415873413
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/19/2011
Series:
Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society Series, #10
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Pedagogy, Culture & Politics: The Post-9/11 Sporting Nation 2. Localized Sporting Spectacle: Hope, Heroes & Homeland 3. Militarized Sporting Spectacle: The Post-9/11 Patriarchal Body Politic 4. Physical (Bio-)Pedagogies of the Self: The Valorized Neoliberal Corpus & the Post-9/11 Pariah 5. The (Magical) Perversity of Public Pedagogy: The Miracle of Mice, Men & Boys 6. Empire Games: Neo-Imperialism & The Axis of Evil 7. Concluding Comments: The Post-9/11 Sporting Popular—Pedagogy, Culture, Politics. Postscript.

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