Out of Bounds: Sports, Media, and the Politics of Identity

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Aaron Baker, Todd Boyd
Indiana University Press, 1997 - Social Science - 206 pages
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Out of Bounds is a collection of essays that regards the media representation of professional sports through the lens of cultural studies. Editors Aaron Baker and Todd Boyd contend that the popularity of sports derives not simply from their appeal as leisure entertainment but from their contribution to discussion of larger issues of class, race, gender, and masculinity. Essays in the collection challenge media wisdom about the apolitical nature of sports by examining how they contribute to the contested process of defining social identities. Included within a broad range of works are "‘Never Trust a Snake’: WWF Wrestling as Masculine Melodrama," (Henry Jenkins), "Mike Tyson and the Perils of Discursive Constraints: Boxing, Race and The Assumption of Guilt" (John Sloop), and "Visible Difference and Flex Appeal: The Body, Sex, Sexuality, and Race in the Pumping Iron Films" (Christine Holmlund).

 

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Contents

Television Sports as Massculine Cult of Distraction
1
DAN STREIBLE
16
WWF Wrestling as Masculine Melodrama
48
Baseball JapanBashing and the Sexual Threat of Economic
81
Boxing Race and the Assump
102
Basketball Commodity Culture and Black Mascu
123
PART THREE HOLLYWOOD SPORTS PILMS AND CONTESTED IDENTITIES
145
Populism and DepressionEra Boxing Films
161
Baseball in the PostAmerican Cinema or Life in the Minor Leagues
175
Contributors
199
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About the author (1997)

Aaron Baker teaches in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program at Arizona State University. He is currently working on a book about sports in American film and television.

Todd Boyd, Assistant Professor of Critical Studies at the USC School of Cinema-Television, has published in numerous journals, and is the author of Am I Black Enough for You? (in this catalog).

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