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More Than Just a Game : Sports in American Life Since 1945 - Kathryn Jay

More Than Just a Game

Sports in American Life Since 1945

Hardcover Published: 2nd June 2004
ISBN: 9780231125345
Number Of Pages: 304
For Ages: 22+ years old

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"More Than Just a Game" tracks the explosion of the sports industry in the United States since 1945 and how it has shaped class, racial, gender, and national identities. By examining both professional and intercollegiate sports such as baseball, football, basketball, golf, tennis, and stock car racing, Kathryn Jay looks at the impact of packaging, salary, hype, corporate sponsorship, drug use, and the presence of women and African American players. Jay also considers the persistent belief that sports encourage good citizenship and morality despite a rise in cheating and violent behavior and an unabashed emphasis on financial gain. "More Than Just a Game" is a fascinating exploration of a phenomenon that has engaged the American imagination and thrilled fans for decades.

Jay's exciting-sometimes breathless-commentary on the evolution of sports in late 20th-century America touches all the bases, scoring point after point with her lucid insights and evocative prose. Publishers Weekly [Jay] traces the complex evolution of sports in American society over the course of the past sixty years, explaining how and why the major sports... have become a multibillion-dollar industry, as well as a major influence on and reflection of American society. Forecast Jay's historical and sociological treatment offers many important details on women in sports... This would be a good textbook for an undergraduate sport history class. Recommended for academic libraries. Library Journal More Than Just a Game will be an important source for historians and sociologists in years ahead... -- Lawrence S. Connor Indianapolis Star Her judgments are sharp, her insights astute, and her breadth remarkable...Highly recommended. Choice Dr. Jay has produced a useful and thoughtful volume... it offers much insight into, and raises important questions about, recent developments in American Sport. -- Richard C. Crepeau The Journal of American History A valuable and necessary read... Riveting. -- Terry Martin Aethlon

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Sports, the American Wayp. 9
An Athletic Cold Warp. 45
A Brave New Worldp. 79
Making Sense of the Sixtiesp. 113
Walking the Picket Line and Fighting for Rightsp. 146
Competing on the Open Marketp. 180
High-Priced Heroes Go Globalp. 217
Notesp. 243
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780231125345
ISBN-10: 0231125348
Series: Columbia Histories of Modern American Life
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 2nd June 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.1  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.54