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Media Sport Stars : Masculinities and Moralities - Garry Whannel

Media Sport Stars

Masculinities and Moralities

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Published: 29th November 2001
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Media Sport Stars considers how masculinity and male identity are represented through images of sport and sport stars. From the pre-radio era to today's specialist TV channels, newspaper supplements and websites, Whannel traces the growing cultural importance of sport and sportmen, showing how the very practices of sport are still bound up with the production of masculinities.
Through a series of case studies of British and American sportsmen, Whannel traces the emergence of of the sporting 'hero' and 'star', and considers the ways in which the lives of sport stars are narrated through the media. Focusing on figures like Muhammad Ali and David Beckham, whose fame has spread well beyond the world of sport, he shows how growing media coverage has helped produced a sporting system, and examines how modern celebrity addresses the issues of race and nation, performance and identity, morality and violence.
From Babe Ruth to Mike Tyson, Media Sport Stars demonstrates that, in an era in which both morality and masculinity are percieved to be 'in crisis', sport holds a central place in contemporary culture, and sport stars become the focal point for discourses of masculinity and morality.

'Whannel is an experienced guide into questions of commodification, sexism, racism, and nationalism, as he takes us through the logics and practices of television and the tabloids.' - International Review for the Sociology of Sport

'Media Sport Stars has the theoretical heft to bear out [the] promise of potential ... a winning one.' - The Hedgehog Review - Celebrity Culture

Introduction
The Tales they Tell of Men
Discourses of Crisis in Masculinity
The Developments of Media Sports
Heroes and Stars
Narrativity and Biography
Sporting Masculinities
From Sporting Print to Satellite
The Birth of the Sport Star: Pre-War Fame
Good Boys: Stars, Nations and Respectability in the 1950s
Pretty Boys, the 1960s and Pop Culture
Bad Boys and the Work Ethic
The Restless Vortex of Celebrity
Celebration, Punishment, Redemption and Self-discipline
Moralities, Masculinities and Violence
Identities: ""Race"", Nation and Masculinity
Performances, Appearances, Identitites and Post-modernities
Voretextuality and Conspicious Consumption
Conclusion: So What if the Poxy Swan is the Wrong Way?
Appendices
Bibliographical Notes
The Concept of the ""Role Model"" - Critical Notes
Notes on the Methodological Issues
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780415170376
ISBN-10: 0415170370
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 29th November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.28 x 15.8  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1