New Jack Jocks: Rebels, Race, And The American Athlete

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Temple University Press, Apr 1, 2003 - Social Science - 192 pages
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Latrell Sprewell. Allen Iverson. John McEnroe. Even Mohammed Ali and Mike Schmidt and Michael Jordan. These are characters of our national imagination, athletes who stand as symbols of our complex relationship with professional sport. In this erudite and captivating book, bestselling author Larry Platt takes us on a tour through American sports. Offering profiles of the athletes we love (and love to hate), Platt shows that sport, more than any other nationwide pastime, is the way we come to understand—and alter—race relations, gender, and, most profoundly, how we communicate with each other in ways that are often given too little credit in the minds of intellectuals. Thought-provoking and richly written, New Jack Jocks offers a textured picture of how athletes live their lives and how we live out and define American culture by the way we come to understand their lives in and out of the halls of play.

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Larry Platt is Editor-in-Chief of Philadelphia Magazine. His work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Playboy, and Salon. com, among other publications. The author, most recently, of Only the Strong Survive: The Odyssey of Allen Iverson. He lives in the Philadelphia area.

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