Sports Stars: Public Culture and the Politics of Representation

Sports Stars: Public Culture and the Politics of Representation

by Steven J. Jackson, David L. Andrews
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Sports Stars: Public Culture and the Politics of Representation

In a culture obsessed with celebrity, sportmen and women are some of the highest profile figures. We are fascinated by sport stars' lifestyles, love lives, and earning power. Sport Stars
investigates the nature of contemporary sporting celebrity, examining stars' often turbulent relationships with the media, and with the sporting establishment.
Through a series of case studies of sporting stars,
including Diego Maradona, Michael Jordan, Venus Williams and David Beckham, contributors examine the cultural, political, economic and technological forces which combine to produce sporting celebrity, and consider the ways in which these most public of individuals inform and influence private experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415221191
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sport Celebrities, Public Culture, and Private Experience, David L. Andrews and Steven J. Jackson; 1. Punishment, Redemption and Celebration in the Popular Press: The Case of David Beckham, Garry Whannel; 2. Michael Jordan: Corporate Sport and Postmodern Celebrityhood, Mary G. McDonald and David L. Andrews; 3. From "Child's Play" to "Party Crasher": Venus Williams, Racism and Professional Women's Tennis, Nancy E. Spencer; 4. Evil Genie or Pure Genius?: The (Im)moral Football and Public Career of Paul "Gazza" Gascoigne, Richard Giulianotti and Michael Gerrard; 5. Excursions into Otherness: Understanding Dennis Rodman and the Limits of Subversive Agency, Melisse Lafrance and Genevieve Rail; 6. The Spectacle of a Heroic Life: The Case of Diego Maradona, Eduardo P. Archetti; 7. Andre Agassi and Generation X:; Reading White Masculinity in 1990s America, Kyle W. Kusz; 8. Celebrity Fitness in late Modern America: Oprah Winfrey, Talking Cures and Transforming the Self, Amy S. Hribar; 9. Gretzky Nation: Canada, Crisis, and Americanization, Steven J. Jackson; 10. Hideo Nomo: Pioneer or Defector?; Hajime Hirai; 11. Brian Lara, Hilary Beckles; 12. Imran Khan: The Road from Cricket to Politics, Peter Corrigan; 13. Nyandika Maiyoro and Kipchoge Keino: Transgression, Colonial Rhetoric and the Postcolonial Athlete, John Bale; 14. Cathy Freeman and the Quest for Australian Identity, Toni Bruce and Christopher J. Hallinan; 15. Postmodern Blackness and the Celebrity Sports Star: Ian Wright, Race and English Identity, BenCarrington; 16. America's New Son: Tiger Woods and America's Multiculturalism, Cheryl L. Cole and David L. Andrews

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This collection of essays on sport, celebrity, and culture are a welcomed edition to anyone interested in the way sport interacts with and is defined by the culture of everyday life. Where this collection succeeds (and where other such collections of essays on 'celebrity athletes' fail) is that the authors critical engage with and challenge the position and power granted to such sport figures. I was particularly taken with the chapters on 'Gretzky Nation' (the cultural impact of Gretzky's trade from the Oilers to the Kings), 'Global Hingis' (which looks at tennis star Martina Hingis as being representative of the new wave of global sporting stars), and the 'postmodern blackness' of Ian Wright. I'd definitely recommend this book.