Muhammad Ali - Trickster in the Culture of Irony

Muhammad Ali - Trickster in the Culture of Irony

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This absorbing book unravels the reasons for the enduring respect and reverence that Muhammad Ali commands long after the end of his athletic career. It will appeal to those teaching and studying cultural studies, social theory, sports studies, and sociology, as well as to general readers interested in Muhammad Ali. * A probing account of Muhammad Ali's life, which also examines the man's celebrity and his importance in global history. * The first book to unravel the reasons for the enduring respect and reverence that Muhammad Ali commands long after the end of his athletic career. * Traces the key controversies and significant events, from Alia s first announcement of his membership in the Nation of Islam, through his courageous refusal to fight in Vietnam, to his spiritual calm in the face of crippling disease. * Offers an original and compelling theory of the celebrity in postmodern society.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 16mm | 335.66g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745628710
  • 9780745628714

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Muhammad Ali has a unique place in global history. One of the mostextraordinary athletes of all times, Ali is also, as he always was, an inadvertent but powerful figure in world affairs. From the firstannouncement of his membership in the Nation of Islam, through hiscourageous refusal to fight in Vietnam, to his spiritual calm inthe face of crippling disease, Muhammad Ali's steady valueshave inspired others the world over to rethink their racial, political, and spiritual attitudes.





Ali's life over the years has put irony in a differentlight. When Muhammad Ali stood against those who criticized him forconverting to the Nation of Islam, he told the world "Idon't have to be what you want me to be." What firstappeared as simple defiance was revealed over the years as rocksolid conviction - a conviction that allowed him to be and dowhat he believed in, while also embracing the world in his lovingand laughing way.





Charles Lemert writes with grace, perspective, and affection.Muhammad Ali is the first book to unravel the reasons forthe enduring respect and reverence that Muhammad Ali commands longafter the end of his athletic career.





This text will appeal to those teaching and studying culturalstudies, social theory, sports studies, and sociology, as well asto general readers interested in Muhammad Ali.
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Table of contents

1. From the Beginnings : GG is Gonna Whip Everybody. 2. Celebrity, Tricks, and Culture: Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee. 3. Trickster Queers the World: I Don't Have to Be What You Want Me to Be. 4. The Irony of Global Cultures: No Viet Cong ever Called me Nigger. 5. Coming Home to the Heart of Darkness: When we were Kings. 6. Trickster Bodies and Cultural Death: You'll Die One Day So Better Get Ready. Ali and the World: A Chronology. Notes. Acknowledgments. Index.
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"A brilliant meditation on celebrity and spectatorship and an astute cultural analysis of race and sport, Charles Lemerta s Muhammad Ali is also an affectionate biography of one of the most significant figures of our age." Barry Glassner, University of Southern California, author of The Culture of Fear "Alia s fame was launched on the tide of his astonishing athletic prowess, but it was borne along by the spurting cross--currents of culture, race and politics which boiled so fiercely during the 1960s and 1970s. Lemert is excellent on Ali in relation to these cross--currents, but he also dares to dive deeper, into the secret waters of myth, totem and taboo which still underlie more of human thought and feeling than we may like to admit ! This is a remarkably interesting and re--readable essay." Financial Times
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About Charles Lemert

Charles Lemert is Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University.
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