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.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
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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.