Athletes and the American Hero Dilemma

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Human Kinetics, 1994 - Sports & Recreation - 151 pages
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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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Margaret Harris is Assistant Director at the Center for Voluntary Organization in the London School of Economics.

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