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Sports and Identity
New Agendas in Communication

ISBN 9780415711913
Published December 9, 2013 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

This volume of essays examines the ways in which sports have become a means for the communication of social identity in the United States. The essays included here explore the question, How is identity engaged in the performance and spectatorship of sports? Defining sports as the whole range of mediated professional sports, and considering actual participation in sports, the chapters herein address a varied range of ways in which sports as a cultural entity becomes a site for the creation and management of symbolic components of identity.

Originating in the New Agendas in Communication symposium sponsored by the University of Texas College of Communication, this volume provides contemporary explorations of sports and identity, highlighting the perspectives of up-and-coming scholars and researchers. It has much to offer readers in communication, sociology of sport, human kinetics, and related areas.  

Table of Contents

Sport and Race:

Chapter 1 Brawn, Brains, and the Dearth of Black NFL Quarterbacks

Chapter 2 Cullen Jones is my Friend!: Increasing Diversity in Swimming Through Parasocial Relationships on Facebook

Chapter 3 LeBron James as Cybercolonized Spectacle: A Critical Race Reading of Whiteness in Sport

Chapter 4 Jackie Robinson, Civic Republicanism, and Black Political Culture

Chapter 5 "Grit and Graciousness": Sport, Rhetoric, and Race in Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign

Sport and Gender:

Chapter 6 Female Ballplayers as Feminine Tomboys and Citizens: A Progressive Concordance in American Culture

Chapter 7 Constructing Replay, Consuming Bodies: Sport Media and the Neoliberal Citizen

Chapter 8 ". . . dreams include pregnant bellies or being passed around the frat house": Investigating Heteronormativity in Sport

Sport and Image Management:

Chapter 9 Managing Ideologies and Identities: Reporting the Penn State Scandal

Chapter 10 Just Warming Up: Logan Morrison, Twitter, Athlete Identity, and Building the Brand

Chapter 11 "Where My Falcons At?": The Stroh Center Rap and Representation of Organizational Identities in College Sports

Sport Mediation and Simulation:

Chapter 12 Biopolitics, Algorithms, Identity: Electronic Arts and the Sports Gamer

Chapter 13 Family (Sports) Television: Exploring Cultural Power, Domestic Leisure, and Fandom in the Modern Context

Chapter 14 Put Me In Boss: Ideological Fantasies in Cultural Discourse of Fantasy Football

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Barry Brummett is Chair of the department and Charles Sapp Centennial Professor in Communication at the University of Texas-Austin. Dr. Brummett's research interests turned early to the theories of Kenneth Burke and to epistemology and rhetoric. He is the author or coauthor of numerous scholarly essays and chapters.

Andrew Ishak completed his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin before coming to Santa Clara University in 2012. Dr. Ishak has presented work on varied sports topics such as ethics in the B.C.S., goal-setting in women’s rugby, Burkean tropes and Michael Jordan, sports metaphors in the workplace, and social media use of athletes.