The Sport Star

Modern Sport and the Cultural Economy of Sporting Celebrity

Author: Barry Smart

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761943518

Category: Social Science

Page: 217

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Why are sport stars central to celebrity culture? What are the implications of their fame? Proceeding from a broadly based discussion of heroism, fame and celebrity, Smart addresses a number of prominent modern sports and sport stars, including Michael Jordan (basketball), David Beckham (football), Tiger Woods (golf), Anna Kournikova and the Williams sisters (tennis). He analyses the development of modern sport in the UK and USA, demonstrating the key economic and cultural factors that have contributed to the popularity of sport stars, while examining issues such as race and gender, the impact of professionalization, growing media coverage, the role of agents and the increasing presence of commercial corporations providing sponsorship and endorsement contracts. This book situates the sport star as the embodiment of the various tensions of age, class, race, gender and culture. It argues that sporting figures possess an increasingly rare quality of authenticity that gives them the capacity to lift and inspire people. The book is a major contribution to the sociology and culture of sport and celebrity.
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Sport Stars

The Cultural Politics of Sporting Celebrity

Author: David L. Andrews,Steven J. Jackson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134598548

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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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.
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Media Sport Stars

Masculinities and Moralities

Author: Garry Whannel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134698712

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Media Sport Stars considers how masculinity and male identity are represented through images of sport and sport stars. From the pre-radio era to today's specialist TV channels, newspaper supplements and websites, Whannel traces the growing cultural importance of sport and sportmen, showing how the very practices of sport are still bound up with the production of masculinities. Through a series of case studies of British and American sportsmen, Whannel traces the emergence of of the sporting 'hero' and 'star' , and considers the ways in which the lives of sport stars are narrated through the media. Focusing on figures like Muhammad Ali and David Beckham, whose fame has spread well beyond the world of sport, he shows how growing media coverage has helped produced a sporting system, and examines how modern celebrity addresses the issues of race and nation, performance and identity, morality and violence. From Babe Ruth to Mike Tyson, Media Sport Stars demonstrates that, in an era in which both morality and masculinity are percieved to be 'in crisis', sport holds a central place in contemporary culture, and sport stars become the focal point for discourses of masculinity and morality.
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Power Games

A Critical Sociology of Sport

Author: John Peter Sugden,Alan Tomlinson

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415251006

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Critical and radical perspectives have been central to the emergence of the sociology of sport as a discipline in its own right. This ground-breaking new book is the first to offer a comprehensive theory and method for a critical sociology of sport. It argues that class, political economy, hegemony and other concepts central to the radical tradition are essential for framing, understanding and changing social and political relations within sport and between sport and society. The book draws upon the disciplines of politics, sociology, history and philosophy to provide a critical analysis of power relations throughout the world of sport, while offering important new case studies from such diverse sporting contexts as the Olympics, world football, boxing, cricket, tennis and windsurfing. In the process, it addresses key topics such as: * nations and nationalism * globalisation * race * gender * political economy. Power Games can be used as a complete introduction to the study of sport and society. And will be essential reading for any serious student of sport. At the same time, it is a provocative book that by argument and example challenges those who research and write about sport to make their work relevant to social and political reform.
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Sport and the Media

Author: Matthew Nicholson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136364978

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Sport and the Media: managing the sport-media nexus is a unique text which combines an analysis of the sport media industry with practical sport media management skills. The book is designed to equip students within sport management and related courses who need to understand the nature and scope of the sport media nexus, as well as develop the skills to manage the media promotion and coverage of sport organisations. This books covers topics including: Historical development of sport and the media Current commercial and contextual relationships between the media and sport industries How audiences and advertisers drive the media coverage of sport Ways in which the media industry generally and the sport industry more specifically are structured to produce content/news/products How the media represents sport in order to sell it This book will help students to acquire a working knowledge of sport-related media that will help their studies and their progression towards a career in this sector. It is also a useful guide for teachers of the subject and practioners already working in the industry.
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The Sports Film

Games People Play

Author: Bruce Babington

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231850573

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 144

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After covering the genre's early history and theorizing its general characteristics, this volume then focuses on specific instances of sports films, such as the biopic, the sports history film, the documentary, the fan film, the boxing film, and explores issues such as gender, race, spectacle and silent comedy. Four major films are then closely analysed – Chariots of Fire, Field of Dreams, the Indian cricket epic Lagaan, and Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday. While recording American film's importance to the genre, the book resists the conventional over-concentration on American cinema and sports by its attention to other cinemas, for example the British, Indian, Australian, South Korean, Thai, German, New Zealand, Spanish, and so on, with the many different sports they depict.
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Deion Sanders and the Sports Universe

Author: Joe Nye

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059531564X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 133

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Was one athlete so prominent that his career can be linked to every major sports icon of the 20th Century, from Jim Thorpe to Tiger Woods? Can one athlete's career possibly span Babe Ruth and LeBron James? In Deion Sanders and the Sports Universe, Joe Nye takes a fun, informative look at how "Primetime" can be connected, through teammates, to a variety of sports legends using the six degrees of separation format. A two-sport star that played for eight different professional teams, Sanders was the quintessential modern athlete whose career connected him directly to the likes of future Hall of Famers such as Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Barry Bonds and indirectly to players dating as far back as Ty Cobb, Sammy Baugh and Wilt Chamberlain. For example, Sanders played on the 1989 New York Yankees with Don Mattingly, who had earlier played with Phil Niekro on the 1985 Yankees. In 1969, Niekro played on the Atlanta Braves with the great Hank Aaron. Over the course of Deion Sanders and the Sports Universe, Nye takes you through connections to more than 400 superstars in a variety of categories, and ponders the ultimate question: Is Deion Sanders really the center of the sports universe?
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Best Extreme Sports Stars of All Time

Author: Matt Scheff

Publisher: ABDO

ISBN: 1629694371

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

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This title will introduce you to Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater, Shaun White, and more of the all-time greatest athletes in extreme sports. Complete with action-packed stories of their most memorable moments, spotlight stats, information boxes, a glossary, additional resources and more. SportsZone is an imprint of Abdo Publishing Company.
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Controversies of the Sports World

Author: Douglas T. Putnam

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313305580

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 253

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Examines the impact of sports in American life, including such controversies as recruitment procedures, drug use, violence, and discrimination against women and minorities.
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The Front Nine

Golf's 9 All-Time Greatest Shots

Author: Barry LeBrock

Publisher: Triumph Books

ISBN: 1623687187

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

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The most famous shot in golf history—from Gene Sarazen's double eagle, which led to victory at the 1935 Masters to Tom Watson's nearly impossible chip shot in the 1982 U.S. Open—the greatest and most memorable shots in the long and storied history of this grand game are brought to life in The Front Nine. Triumphant victory as well as heartbreaking defeat play out shot-by-shot as the most celebrated tournaments of the past come to life. Readers thrill to both the joy and agony of the most significant shots in golf history through detailed description, commentary from the men who pulled them off, and fresh insight from golf historian Barry LeBrock.
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Crime, Deviance and Doping

Fallen Sports Stars, Autobiography and the Management of Stigma

Author: M. Yar

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137403756

Category: Social Science

Page: 106

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Yar examines the autobiographies of fallen sports stars, exploring their fall from grace and the stigma it entails. Drawing upon sociological and criminological perspectives, it illuminates how fallen stars use confessional acts of story-telling to seek forgiveness, vindication and redemption.
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PE for You

Author: John Honeybourne,Michael Hill,Jon Wyse

Publisher: Nelson Thornes

ISBN: 9780748732777

Category: Education

Page: 250

View: 358

This full-colour textbook provides complete coverage of the theoretical and practical elements of courses in Physical Education at GCSE Level.
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The Global Politics of Sport

The Role of Global Institutions in Sport

Author: Lincoln Allison

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415346023

Category: Political Science

Page: 194

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Sport presents one of the most advanced cases of 'globalisation,' arguably because there are fewer cultural and political obstacles to the development of trade and international power in sport than there are in other fields. Thus there has been a change in the nature of the politics of sport since the end of the Cold War; the subject must be rewritten to acknowledge a twenty-first century world in which international sporting organisations and transnational corporations have become far more important than states. The Global Politics of Sport presents a range of essays examining the emerging global political issues in twenty-first century sport including: Â- The role, and power of organisations such as FIFA and the IOC Â- The influence of US exceptionalism Â- The construction of global sports heroes Â- Tensions developing within traditionally 'alternative' sports in a global commercial culture The Global Politics of Sport presents new and fresh exploration of different conceptions of sport as a purely commercial activity and as an activity as embodying 'higher' social and ethical values.
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Jouer Selon Les Regles Du Jeu - Playing by the Rules of the Game - Spielen Nach Den Spielregeln

Author: Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn,Roland Marti

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3825811344

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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Games form an integral part of life and the rules that determine how they are to be played provide us with rich insights into the specific nature of cultures. Comprising theoretical, philosophical, and legal discussions, the contexts of game playing are comprehensively examined in essays which range widely through time and space. In focussing on the topic of game playing this volume of essays - which stems from a Transcultura symposium on the transcultural key-concept of "the rules of the game" - engages in a fresh way with the field of sports as a unique and yet shared cultural phenomenon.
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Awakening Beauty

An Illustrated Look at Mankind's Love and Hatred of Beauty

Author: Anthony Napoleon

Publisher: Virtualbookworm Publishing

ISBN: 9781589393783

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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"Awakening Beauty" is an unprecedented expos? on the subject of beauty. It is both entertaining and thought provoking, a combination that is as unique as it is telling about the author's approach to the subject of this book. The reader is taken backstage into the worlds of beauty pageants, plastic surgery, trophy wives, murderous rage, wardrobe, makeup, Bill Clinton, the events of September Eleven and other provocative topics where beauty has had its effect. Awakening Beauty invites the reader into a world that is as interesting as it is frightening. Readers are transformed as the author shepherds them from their world into his unique perspective and expertise on beauty. "Awakening Beauty" includes over 150 tantalizing photographs and illustrations. "Awakening Beauty" is a compendium of some of the most interesting facts in print. The subject matter of the book along with the author's unique approach to it makes this book a "must read." Get ready to re-think everything you thought you knew about beautiful women and physical attractiveness.
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Ringside Reflections

Author: Matthew Hurley

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1479754935

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 151

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The inevitability of what was to come hung in the air but the crowd at the outdoor arena at Caesars Palace seemed as dazed as to what was happening as Duran. Hearns, now oozing confidence, approached center ring and again touched gloves with Duran. It would be the last civil thing he did. Gliding around the ring and looking like a demented, black vampire with his goatee and Jeri curls, the Hit Man, he had reassumed the moniker for the fight, went in for the kill. Pushing Duran backwards he leapt in and clobbered the cowering fighter with a vicious right hand that staggered Duran back into the ropes again. Hearns bounced backwards and then jumped in again with another vicious right hand and began pummeling his prey with a series of punches that kept Duran standing straight up. Roberto tried to move off the ropes, so Hearns lured him out and then pushed him back with two probing left jabs to the chest before dropping the coup de grace. The final right hand that crashed over Durans guard was so brutal, the impact twisted his head to the side and sucked all the air out of the arena. A collective gasp went up as Roberto Duran fell face forward to the canvas. There would be no count. Durans corner men jumped into the ring as Hearns leapt onto the shoulders of his handlers. It was the most dramatic knockout of Thomas Hearns career and upped the ante for his potential challenge of Marvelous Marvin Hagler for the middleweight championship. Hearns would fight one more bout before that showdown, a three round blast out of contender Fred Hutchings, but he would never again be so brilliantly devastating.
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The Sport of Kings

A Novel

Author: C. E. Morgan

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374715173

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

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A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the James Taite Black Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the Rathbones Folio Prize • Longlisted for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence • A New York Times Book Review Notable Book Named a Best Book of the Year by Entertainment Weekly • GQ • The New York Times (Selected by Dwight Garner) • NPR • The Wall Street Journal • San Francisco Chronicle • Refinery29 • Booklist • Kirkus Reviews • Commonweal Magazine "In its poetic splendor and moral seriousness, The Sport of Kings bears the traces of Faulkner, Morrison, and McCarthy. . . . It is a contemporary masterpiece."—San Francisco Chronicle Hailed by The New Yorker for its “remarkable achievements,” The Sport of Kings is an American tale centered on a horse and two families: one white, a Southern dynasty whose forefathers were among the founders of Kentucky; the other African-American, the descendants of their slaves. It is a dauntless narrative that stretches from the fields of the Virginia piedmont to the abundant pastures of the Bluegrass, and across the dark waters of the Ohio River; from the final shots of the Revolutionary War to the resounding clang of the starting bell at Churchill Downs. As C. E. Morgan unspools a fabric of shared histories, past and present converge in a Thoroughbred named Hellsmouth, heir to Secretariat and a contender for the Triple Crown. Newly confronted with one another in the quest for victory, the two families must face the consequences of their ambitions, as each is driven---and haunted---by the same, enduring question: How far away from your father can you run? A sweeping narrative of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow of slavery and a moral epic for our time.
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A Companion to Sport

Author: David L. Andrews,Ben Carrington

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118325281

Category: Social Science

Page: 632

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A Companion to Sport brings together writing by leadingsports theorists and social and cultural thinkers, to explore sportas a central element of contemporary culture. Positions sport as a crucial subject for critical analysis, asone of the most significant forms of popular culture Includes both well-known social and cultural theorists whosework lends itself to an interrogation of sport, and leadingtheorists of sport itself Offers a comprehensive examination of sport as a social andcultural practice and institution Explores sport in relation to modernity, postcolonial theory,gender, violence, race, disability and politics
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