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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ISBN-10:
0415221196
ISBN-13:
9780415221191
Pub. Date:
07/28/2001
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
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Sports Stars: Public Culture and the Politics of Representation 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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.