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Fallen Sports Heroes, Media, and Celebrity Culture

Author: Lawrence A Wenner
Publisher: New York : P. Lang, [2013] ©2013.
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This book focuses on the increasingly ubiquitous phenomenon whereby notable figures from the sporting world fall from grace in full public view on the main stages of media. While such falls are of remarkably varied character, they fuel questions about the role of the sports hero, the co-mingling of sport and celebrity culture, and the changing nature of moral fault lines in contemporary society. In examining the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence A Wenner
ISBN: 9781433112997 143311299X 9781433112980 1433112981 9781453908501 1453908501
OCLC Number: 794306382
Description: xi, 381 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. Framing fallen sports celebrity. The fallen sports hero in the age of mediated celebrityhood / Lawrence A. Wenner --
Exposing celebrity sports / Toby Miller --
Athletic heroic acts and living on the moral edge / William J. Morgan --
From coverage to recovery: mediating the fallen sports celebrity / Bryan E. Denham --
pt. II. Fallen individual sports celebrity. Tiger Woods lands in the rough: golf, apologia, and the heroic limits of privacy / Andrew C. Billings --
Andre Agassi and the tides of tennis celebrity: image, reconstruction, and confession / C. Lee Harrington and Kimberly S. Schimmel --
On track, off track, on Oprah: the framing of Marion Jones as golden girl and American fraud / Lindsey J. Mean --
The ups and downs of skating vertical: Christian Hosoi, crystal meth, and Christianity / Becky Beal --
Wrestling with extremes: steroids, traumatic brain injury, and Chris Benoit / James L. Cherney and Kurt Lindemann --
Bad landing: charting the gold and criminal records of Finnish ski jumper, Matti Nykänen / Pirkko Markula and Zoe Avner --
Traitor on high seas: Russell Coutts, Kiwi loyalty, and opportunism in international yachting / Alistair John, Toni Bruce, and Steven J. Jackson --
Running down what comes naturally: gender verification and South Africa's Caster Semenya / Cheryl Cooky and Shari L. Dworkin --
pt. III. Fallen team sports celebrity. Dog bites man?: the criminalization and rehabilitation of Michael Vick / Michael D. Giardina and Mar Magnusen --
Guns are no joke: framing Plaxico Burress, Gilbert Arenas, and gunplay in professional sports / Katherine L. Lavelle --
Interrogating discourses about the WNBA's "bad girls": intersectionality and the politics of representation / Mary G. McDonald and Cheryl Cooky --
Liquid Beckham: inoculating a star against falls from grace / Oliver Rick, Michael L. Silk, David L. Andrews --
No gagging matter: John Terry plays centre back from Dad of the Year to (alleged) debauchery / Bill Grantham --
"Wayne's World": media narratives of downfall and redemption about Australian football "king", Wayne Carey / Jim McKay and Karen Brooks --
Spinning out of control: Harbhajan Singh, postcolonial cricket celebrity, and the "revenge narrative" / David Rowe --
pt. IV. Fallen sideline sports celebrity. The "bully" and the "girl who did what she did": neo-homophobia in coverage of two women's college basketball coaches / Marie Hardin and Nicole M. LaVoi --
Coaches gone wild: media. masculinity, and morality in big-time college football / Michael L. Butterworth --
Faking it: Dean Richards, rugby union, and harlequins at the bloodgate / Kevin Young and Michael Atkinson --
Who's sorry now?: sportscasters falling from grace, saving face / Heather L. Hundley --
Don Cherry and the cultural politics of rock'em sock'em nationalism: complicating the hero-villain binary in Canada / Jay Scherer and Lisa McDermott --
pt. V. Afterward. Beyond the failed sports hero: where we all fall down / Scott Tinley.
Responsibility: Edited by Lawrence A. Wenner.
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