Much of the writing on the post-9/11 period in the United States has focused on the role of "official" Government rhetoric about 9/11. Those who have focused on the news media have suggested that they played a key role in (re)defining the nation, allowing the citizenry to come to terms with 9/11, in providing ‘official’ understandings and interpretations of the event, and setting the terms for a geo-political-military response (the war on terror). However, strikingly absent from post-9/11 writing has been discussion on the role of sport in this moment. This text provides the first, book-length account, of the ways in which the sport media, in conjunction with a number of interested parties – sporting, state, corporate, philanthropic and military – operated with a seeming collective affinity to conjure up nation, to define nation and its citizenry, and, to demonize others. Through analysis of a variety of cultural products – film, children’s baseball, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, reality television – the book reveals how, in the post-9/11 moment, the sporting popular operated as a powerful and highly visible pedagogic weapon in the armory of the Bush Administration, operating to define ways of being American and thus occlude other ways of being.
1. Pedagogy, Culture & Politics: The Post-9/11 Sporting Nation 2. Localized Sporting Spectacle: Hope, Heroes & Homeland 3. Militarized Sporting Spectacle: The Post-9/11 Patriarchal Body Politic 4. Physical (Bio-)Pedagogies of the Self: The Valorized Neoliberal Corpus & the Post-9/11 Pariah 5. The (Magical) Perversity of Public Pedagogy: The Miracle of Mice, Men & Boys 6. Empire Games: Neo-Imperialism & The Axis of Evil 7. Concluding Comments: The Post-9/11 Sporting Popular – Pedagogy, Culture, Politics. Postscript