Body Politic: The Great American Sports Machine

Body Politic: The Great American Sports Machine

by David Shields
ISBN-10:
0803260326
ISBN-13:
2900803260329
Pub. Date:
11/01/2007
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
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Overview

Body Politic: The Great American Sports Machine

In Body Politic, David Shields looks at contemporary America through the lens of professional and college sports; the result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about Empire in denial. The sporting arena is effectively our national cathedral, the place where we gather to study our national mythology. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories, both fictional and nonfictional; considers the kinds of athletes we choose as heroes; delineates the lessons and values we glean from sports; explores the intricate and telling relationships between athletes, coaches, fans, black and white players, immigrant and native players, male and female players, players and broadcasters, players and fans, players and advertisers ... and in the process shows us the stories we Americans tell ourselves about the kind of people we believe ourselves to be. Chapter by chapter, a portrait emerges of a country both in conflict with itself and in denial about the sort of nation it has become: an America that sees itself as simultaneously (and impossibly) the Best of All Possible Countries and a land of ceaseless rebellion. To read this book is to understand the essential mystery of America after 9/11 -- a country utterly at odds with itself, perpetually believing in its own restlessness as it settles back into the pillows of Empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900803260329
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 11/01/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 8.50(d)

Table of Contents

The Wound and the Bow: A Long Prologue1
On the Need to Connect with Something Larger than Yourself23
Fairy Tale of Reinvention and Escape40
Words Can't Begin to Describe What I'm Feeling55
Heaven Is a Playground65
Fandom79
History of America, #3483
How It Feels to Be a Problem96
Myths of Place106
A Little Euro Trash-Talk116
Being Ichiro121
Matsui Among the Americans136
Bring the Pain144
Being Random Is the Key to Life161
42 Tattoos: An Epilogue178

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