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Body Politic: The Great American Sports Machine
Contributor(s): Shields, David (Author), Lipsyte, Robert (Introduction by)

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ISBN: 0803260326     ISBN-13: 9780803260320
Publisher: Bison Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: November 2007
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Annotation: One of the most respected voices in the sports writing field presents a collection of essays that use sports as the lens through which to view the American character.
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BISAC Categories:
- Sports & Recreation | Sociology Of Sports
- Sports & Recreation | Essays
Dewey: 306.483
LCCN: 2007017837
Physical Information: 0.46" H x 5.56" W x 8.46" (0.56 lbs) 191 pages
Features: Price on Product, Table of Contents
 
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Publisher Description:
In "Body Politic," David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories (both fictional and nonfictional), considers the kinds of athletes we choose as heroes, and delineates the lessons and values we glean from sports. He explores the intricate and telling relationships between players and coaches, black and white players, immigrant and native players, male and female players, players and broadcasters, players and fans, and players and advertisers. In the process, he shows us the stories we Americans tell ourselves about the kind of people we believe ourselves to be.
 
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