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.
Sport and Race:
Chapter 1Brawn, Brains, and the Dearth of Black NFL Quarterbacks, Luke Winslow
Chapter 2 Cullen Jones is my Friend!: Increasing Diversity in Swimming Through Parasocial Relationships on Facebook, Katherine L. Lavelle
Chapter 3 LeBron James as Cybercolonized Spectacle: A Critical Race Reading of Whiteness in Sport, Rachel Alicia Griffin and Joshua Daniel Phillips
Chapter 4 Jackie Robinson, Civic Republicanism, and Black Political Culture, Abraham Iqbal Khan
Chapter 5 "Grit and Graciousness": Sport, Rhetoric, and Race in Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, Bonnie J. Sierlecki
Sport and Gender:
Chapter 6 Female Ballplayers as Feminine Tomboys and Citizens: A Progressive Concordance in American Culture, Korryn D. Mozisek
Chapter 7 Constructing Replay, Consuming Bodies: Sport Media and the Neoliberal Citizen, Thomas Patrick Oates
Chapter 8 ". . . dreams include pregnant bellies or being passed around the frat house": Investigating Heteronormativity in Sport, Marissa M. Yandall
Sport and Image Management:
Chapter 9 Managing Ideologies and Identities: Reporting the Penn State Scandal, Lindsey J. Meân
Chapter 10 Just Warming Up: Logan Morrison, Twitter, Athlete Identity, and Building the Brand, Jimmy Sanderson
Chapter 11"Where My Falcons At?": The Stroh Center Rap and Representation of Organizational Identities in College Sports, Raymond I. Schuck
Sport Mediation and Simulation:
Chapter 12 Biopolitics, Algorithms, Identity: Electronic Arts and the Sports Gamer, Andrew Baerg
Chapter 13 Family (Sports) Television: Exploring Cultural Power, Domestic Leisure, and Fandom in the Modern Context, Marie Hardin
Chapter 14 Put Me In Boss: Ideological Fantasies in Cultural Discourse of Fantasy Football, Meredith Bagley
This series brings together groups of emerging scholars to tackle important interdisciplinary themes that demand new scholarly attention and reach broadly across the communication field’s existing courses. Each volume stakes out a key area, presents original findings, and considers the long-range implications of its "new agenda."