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Sport Stars

The Cultural Politics of Sporting Celebrity, 1st Edition

Edited by David L. Andrews, Steven J. Jackson


294 pages

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In a culture obsessed with celebrity, sportmen and women are some of the highest profile figures. We are fascinated by sport stars' lifestyles, love lives, and earning power. Sport Stars investigates the nature of contemporary sporting celebrity, examining stars' often turbulent relationships with the media, and with the sporting establishment.

Through a series of case studies of sporting stars, including Diego Maradona, Michael Jordan, Venus Williams and David Beckham, contributors examine the cultural, political, economic and technological forces which combine to produce sporting celebrity, and consider the ways in which these most public of individuals inform and influence private experience.


'Clear and well-thought-out … a stimulating introduction … along with a series of revealing case studies.' - The Hedgehog Review - Celebrity Culture

About the Editors

David L. Andrews is an Associate Professor of Sport and Cultural Studies in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland at College Park and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at De Montfort University, Bedford.

Steven J. Jackson is Senior Lecturer in Sport and Leisure Studies in the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies