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Body Politic : The Great American Sports Machine
by David Shields and Robert Lipsyte


Overview - In Body Politic , David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories (both fictional and nonfictional), considers the kinds of athletes we choose as heroes, and delineates the lessons and values we glean from sports.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In Body Politic, David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories (both fictional and nonfictional), considers the kinds of athletes we choose as heroes, and delineates the lessons and values we glean from sports. He explores the intricate and telling relationships between players and coaches, black and white players, immigrant and native players, male and female players, players and broadcasters, players and fans, and players and advertisers. In the process, he shows us the stories we Americans tell ourselves about the kind of people we believe ourselves to be.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803260320
  • ISBN-10: 0803260326
  • Publisher: Bison Books
  • Publish Date: November 2007
  • Page Count: 191
  • Dimensions: 8.46 x 5.56 x 0.46 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.56 pounds


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