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The I in team : sports fandom and the reproduction of identity

Author: Erin C Tarver
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erin C Tarver
ISBN: 9780226469935 022646993X 9780226470139 022647013X 022647027X 9780226470276
OCLC Number: 958781806
Description: 233 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: sports fandom and identity --
Who is a "fan"? --
Sports fandom as practice of subjectivization --
Putting the "we" in "we're number one": mascots, team, and community identity --
Hero or mascot? : fantasies of identification --
"Honey badger takes what he wants": southern collegiate athletics and the mascotting of black masculinity --
From mascot to danger --
Women on the margins of sports fandom.
Responsibility: Erin C. Tarver.

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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 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.

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