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Sports in the Western World

by William J. Baker

Part of the Sport and Society Series

Sports in the Western World Synopsis

Since the earliest days of the silent era, American filmmakers have been drawn to the visual spectacle of sports and their compelling narratives of conflict, triumph, and individual achievement. In Contesting Identities Aaron Baker examines how these cinematic representations of sports and athletes have evolved over time--from The Pinch Hitter and Buster Keaton's College to White Men Can't Jump, Jerry Maguire, and Girlfight. He focuses on how identities have been constructed and transcended in American society since the early twentieth century. Whether depicting team or individual sports, these films return to that most American of themes, the master narrative of self-reliance. Baker shows that even as sports films tackle socially constructed identities like class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender, they ultimately underscore transcendence of these identities through self-reliance. Looking at films from almost every sporting genre--with a particular focus on movies about boxing, baseball, basketball, and football--Contesting Identities maps the complex cultural landscape depicted in American sports films and the ways in which stories about subaltern groups winning acceptance by the mainstream majority can serve to reinforce the values of that majority. In addition to discussing the genre's recurring dramatic tropes, from the populist prizefighter to the hot-headed rebel to the manly female athlete, Baker also looks at the social and cinematic impacts of real-life sports figures from Jackie Robinson and Babe Didrikson Zaharias to Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan.

Sports in the Western World Press Reviews

A complete sports history from Paleolithic times to the present... Eye-opening are the chapters on the Middle Ages... But there's something revealing on almost every page of this fine effort. -- Publisher's Weekly

Book Information

ISBN: 9780252060427
Publication date: 1st July 1988
Author: William J. Baker
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 368 pages
Categories: Sports & outdoor recreation,

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