The I in Team

The I in Team Sports Fandom and the Reproduction of Identity

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Publisher's Synopsis

There is one sound that will always be loudest in sports. It isn't the squeak of sneakers or the crunch of helmets; it isn't the grunts or even the stadium music. It's the deafening roar of sports fans. For those few among us on the outside, sports fandom-with its war paint and pennants, its pricey cable TV packages and esoteric stats reeled off like code-looks highly irrational, entertainment gone overboard. But as Erin C. Tarver demonstrates in this book, sports fandom has become extraordinarily important to our psyche, a matter of the very essence of who we are.
           
Why in the world, Tarver asks, would anyone care about how well a total stranger can throw a ball, or hit one with a bat, or toss one through a hoop? Because such activities and the massive public events that surround them form some of the most meaningful ritual identity practices we have today. They are a primary way we-as individuals and a collective-decide both who we are who we are not. And as such, they are also one of the key ways that various social structures-such as race and gender hierarchies-are sustained, lending a dark side to the joys of being a sports fan. Drawing on everything from philosophy to sociology to sports history, she offers a profound exploration of the significance of sports in contemporary life, showing us just how high the stakes of the game are.
 

Book information

ISBN: 9780226470139
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Imprint: The University of Chicago Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 306.483
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 386g
Height: 228mm
Width: 158mm
Spine width: 13mm