Players all: performances in contemporary sport
"Players All is a stunning accomplishment, an agenda-setting work;it opens the space for a bold, and innovative, critical, performance-based discourseon mass sport, sport as entertainment, and spectatorship in the global, postmodernsociety." -- Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois atUrbana-Champaign In a book that is both scholarly and engaginglypersonal, Robert E. Rinehart takes us into the world of contemporary sportperformances, from the Olympic Games to "The eXtreme Games," the SuperBowl to "The American Gladiators." He introduces us to sports tourism andthe highly commercialized world of global sport. Rinehart analyzes the emergence ofsuch "sports" as paint ball (and its associations with the Vietnam War)and indoor rock climbing (and its links to environmentalism and self-mastery). Heshows how sports have become theatrical events and paints a revealing portrait ofthe new postmodern culture of sports.
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TWO Dropping Hierarchies
THREE Sport as Kitsch
FOUR Sport as AvantGarde
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