Out of Bounds

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

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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).show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 7 b&w photos, 1 figures
  • 025321095X
  • 9780253210951
  • 1,650,895

About Aaron Baker

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).show more

Table of contents

Preface: O. J. and the Imperative of Sports in Cultural Studies Todd BoydIntroduction: Sports and the Popular Aaron BakerPart I: Sports and the Revision of Masculinity1. Television Sports as Mas(s)culine Cult of Distraction Ava Rose and James Friedman2. Female Spectators and the Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight Film Dan Streible3. "Never Trust A Snake": WWF Wrestling as Masculine Melodrama Henry JenkinsPart II: Sports, Race and Representation4. "America's" Apple Pie: Baseball, Japan-Bashing, and the Sexual Threat of Economic Miscegenation Kent Ono5. Mike Tyson and the Perils of Discursive Constraints: Boxing, Race, and The Assumptionof Guilt John Sloop6. The Day the Niggaz Took Over: Basketball, Commodity Culture, and Black Masculinity Todd BoydPart III: Hollywood Sports Films and Contested Identities7. Visible Difference and Flex Appeal: The Body, Sex, Sexuality, and Race in the PUMPING IRON Films Christine Anne Holmlund8. A Left/Right Combination: Populism and Depression Era Boxing Films Aaron Baker9. Baseball in the Post-American Cinema, or Life in the Minor Leagues Vivian Sobchackshow more

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