Athletes and the American Hero Dilemma
Do American youths have heroes? Has the seeming loss of American society's shared values turned heroes into shallow celebrities? Or does the popularity of sport figures prove that heroes are viable? This text examines both sides of the debate. It asks questions such as: which societal institutions are sources of hero choices for youths?; how do gender, race and age affect hero choices?; what are the characteristics of heroes?; and do athletic heroes still exist?
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Athletes in the Context of the Hero Dilemma
Athletes Among Youths Hero Choices
Youths Characterizations of Heroic Athletes
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American society antiheroes athletes and entertainers athletic hero choices athletic talent Bill Cosby Billie Jean King black and white black athletes black heroes black youths boys Burt Reynolds celebrity shallowness Chalip conceptions concerning considered Csikszentmihalyi and Lyons Diana Ross Eddie Murphy emphasis evidence famous athletic heroes famous heroes flawed complexity focus Frequency of comments Frequency of heroes gender girls grade levels Greensboro study Greensboro youths groups hero characterizations heroes Frequency Heroes of Young identified included interview involved in athletics Joe Namath Julius Erving Klapp known athletic heroes males mass media Michael Jordan military leaders Miller Brewing Company negative characteristics nonfamous O.J. Simpson optimists overall personal acquaintances involved personal competence personally known athletic pessimists players political or military proportion public figures race Reggie Jackson Ronald Reagan same-race social supportiveness suggests television Tony Dorsett total number traditional heroism traditionally heroic Vander Velden well-known athletes white heroes white youths