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What southerners do, where they go, and what they expect to accomplish in their spare time, their "leisure," reveals much about their cultural values, class and racial similarities and differences, and historical perspectives. This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture offers an authoritative and readable reference to the culture of sports and recreation in the American South, surveying the various activities in which southerners engage in their nonwork hours, as well as attitudes surrounding those activities.
Seventy-four thematic essays explore activities from the familiar (porch sitting and fairs) to the essential (football and stock car racing) to the unusual (pool checkers and a sport called "fireballing"). In seventy-seven topical entries, contributors profile major sites associated with recreational activities (such as Dollywood, drive-ins, and the Appalachian Trail) and prominent sports figures (including Althea Gibson, Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, and Hank Aaron). Taken together, the entries provide an engaging look at the ways southerners relax, pass time, celebrate, let loose, and have fun.
"This volume would be a worthy addition both to academic and public libraries….One comes away from reading this volume with a more complete understanding of Southern culture."
"A fascinating work of anthropology and American studies, "Sports & Recreation" is a choice addition to any community library"
-Midwest Book Review
"Recommended for all reference collections in the Southern region and for colleges with strong sports communication programs."
"Very readable and entertaining. . . . Library collections will want to add this volume for its insights into what southerners enjoy in their nonworking hours. Recommended."