More Than Just a Game tracks the explosion of the sports industry in the United States since 1945 and how it has shaped class, racial, gender, and national identities. By examining both professional and intercollegiate sports such as baseball, football, basketball, golf, tennis, and stock car racing, Kathryn Jay looks at the impact of packaging, salary, hype, corporate sponsorship, drug use, and the presence of women and African American players. Jay also considers the persistent belief that sports encourage good citizenship and morality despite a rise in cheating and violent behavior and an unabashed emphasis on financial gain. More Than Just a Game is a fascinating exploration of a phenomenon that has engaged the American imagination and thrilled fans for decades.
Kathryn Jay was most recently an assistant professor of history and director of American studies at Barnard College.
Table of Contents
Introduction Sports, the American Way An Athletic Cold War A Brave New World Making Sense of the Sixties Walking the Picket Line and Fighting for Rights Competing on the Open Market High-Priced Heroes Go Global
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From the Olympics to skateboarding, from racial integration to Title IX, from triumphs of the human spirit to crass commercialism, it's all here, the wonderful and appalling world of American sport since World War II. More Than Just a Game is always interesting, often insightful, and never dull. This is a book both to learn from and to enjoy.