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Sports Immortals: Deifying the American Athlete
     

Sports Immortals: Deifying the American Athlete

by Peter Williams
 

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The Sports Immortals is the first study to systematically apply the classic theories of psychology and anthropology to sport to present a model of the ways in which we create mythical figures out of actual individuals. Peter Williams begins with the theories of thinkers like Jung, Frazer, and Otto Rank and then shows their application, first to sport itself,

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The Sports Immortals is the first study to systematically apply the classic theories of psychology and anthropology to sport to present a model of the ways in which we create mythical figures out of actual individuals. Peter Williams begins with the theories of thinkers like Jung, Frazer, and Otto Rank and then shows their application, first to sport itself, then, more specifically, to American sport, and particularly to baseball. The result is a clear illustration of the way in which we insist on making archetypes out of our heroes, and how this process is the same today as it was in ancient Athens and before.

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Explores the psychology of hero-worship in sports, covering the period from the late 19th century to the present. Offers an overview of the classic theorists, and demonstrates how the public creates heroes and villains in the same way the Greeks created archetypal deities. Topics include the archetypes of human myth, localized sports archetypes, origins of the baseball myth, the archetypes of baseball, and the sports press. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879726706
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Series:
Sports and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.50(d)

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