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Offside : soccer and American exceptionalism

Author: Andrei S Markovits; Steven L Hellerman
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2001.
Series: Princeton studies in cultural sociology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Soccer is the world's favorite pastime, a passion for billions around the globe. In the United States, however, the sport is a distant also-ran behind football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. Why is America an exception? And why, despite America's leading role in popular culture, does most of the world ignore American sports in return? Offside is the first book to explain these peculiarities, taking us on a  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrei S Markovits; Steven L Hellerman
ISBN: 0691074461 9780691074467 069107447X 9780691074474
OCLC Number: 44728123
Description: xiv, 367 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The argument : sports as culture in industrial societies : American conformities and exceptions --
The formation of the American sport space : "crowding out" and other factors in the relegation and marginalization of soccer --
Soccer's trials and tribulations : beginnings, chaos, "almosts", obscurity, and colleges --
The formation and rearrangement of the American sport space in the second half of the twentieth century --
From the North American Soccer League to Major League Soccer --
The World Cup in the United States --
The coverage of World Cup '98 by the American media and the tournaments's reception by the American public --
Conclusion --
Appendixes. A. Statistical abstract on recreational, scholastic, and collegiate soccer in the United States ; B. A sample of opinion from American sports columnists and journalists regarding the 1994 World Cup.
Series Title: Princeton studies in cultural sociology.
Responsibility: Andrei S. Markovits and Steven L. Hellerman.
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