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In Body Politic, David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories (both fictional and nonfictional), considers the kinds of athletes we choose as heroes, and delineates the lessons and values we glean from sports. He explores the intricate and telling relationships between players and coaches, black and white players, immigrant and native players, male and female players, players and broadcasters, players and fans, and players and advertisers. In the process, he shows us the stories we Americans tell ourselves about the kind of people we believe ourselves to be.

Review:

"Body Politic is an extremely intelligent book. David Shields is our most interesting and necessary writer about sports." David Guterson

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"Shields has carved out a singular place for himself as the poet of sports writing." Regina Hackett, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Review:

"[Shields] elucidates superbly the paradox of sports coverage: although feats of the body seem to defy language, sports is nonetheless 'imprisoned by its prevailing rhetoric.' The ambition in these piercing essays is to discern the reality behind the rhetoric." Daniel G. Habib, Sports Illustrated

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"Sweeping insights . . . an intellectual tour de force." Steve Weinberg, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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"David Shields is a rare writer. In Body Politic, he brings together more stimulating ideas about sport and contemporary society than youll find anywhere else." Rick Telander

About the Author

David Shields is a professor of English at the University of Washington and the author of seven previous books, including Heroes: A Novel and Black Planet: Facing Race during an NBA Season, both available in Bison Books editions.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803260320
Author:
Shields, David
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Introduction by:
Lipsyte, Robert
Introduction:
Lipsyte, Robert
Author:
Lipsyte, Robert
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology of Sports
Subject:
SPO066000
Subject:
Sports -- Social aspects -- United States.
Subject:
Sports -- United States.
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sociology of Sports
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.63 x 5.63 in 0.6 lb

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Product details 208 pages Bison Books - English 9780803260320 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Body Politic is an extremely intelligent book. David Shields is our most interesting and necessary writer about sports."
"Review" by , "Shields has carved out a singular place for himself as the poet of sports writing."
"Review" by , "[Shields] elucidates superbly the paradox of sports coverage: although feats of the body seem to defy language, sports is nonetheless 'imprisoned by its prevailing rhetoric.' The ambition in these piercing essays is to discern the reality behind the rhetoric."
"Review" by , "Sweeping insights . . . an intellectual tour de force."
"Review" by , "David Shields is a rare writer. In Body Politic, he brings together more stimulating ideas about sport and contemporary society than youll find anywhere else."
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