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

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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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Michael Silk is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Bath and Associate Professor in Physical Cultural Studies at the University of Maryland. His research and scholarship centers on the production and consumption of space, the governance of bodies, and, the performative politics of identity within the context of neo-liberalism. He has published a number of book chapters and journal articles in Media, Culture, Society, Organisational Research Methods, American Behavioral Scientist, the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, the Sociology of Sport Journal, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Sport, Culture and Society, the International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, and the Journal of Sport Management .

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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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