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Publisher Comments:

Beast. Monster. Savage. Psycho. The glowering menace of Mike Tyson has spooked us for almost two decades. And still we remain fascinated. Why? Ellis Cashmore's answer is disturbing: white society has created Tyson as vengeance for the loss of privilege produced by civil rights.

Told as an odyssey-style homeward journey to Tyson's multi-pathological origins in the racially-explosive ghettos of the 1960s, Tyson's story is part biography, part tragedy and part exposition. His associations with people like Al Sharpton, Don King and Tupac Shakur shaped his life; and events, such as the O J Simpson trial and the Rodney King riots, formed a turbulent background for the Tyson psychodrama. Over the course of an epic boxing career, Tyson was transformed from the most celebrated athlete on earth to a primal, malevolent hate-figure. Yet, even after being condemned as a brute, Tyson retained a power - a power to captivate. Cashmore reveals that the sources of that power lie as much in us as in Tyson himself.

Book News Annotation:

Cashmore (culture, media, and sport; Staffordshire U., UK) biography of boxer Mike Tyson is idiosyncratic in that it traces its subject's life backward from his defeat at the hands of Lennox Lewis to his youth in the Brownsville section of New York City at a time of extraordinary racial upheaval in American society. Throughout, Tyson's life serves as a segue into discussions of other figures with whom he came into contact, such as political activist Al Sharpton and hip-hop star Tupac Shakur, and historical events of American racial relations, including the Tawana Brawley controversy in New York State, the Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles, and the murder of Amadou Diallo by the New York City Police. Cashmore's thesis, it seems, is that White America had to construct Mike Tyson as a beast, a kind of "psycho-celebrity" that justified American racial inequality. Distributed in the US by Blackwell Publishing.
Annotation 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Analysis of Tyson's life and the culture in which he grew up, rose to prominence, and descended itno disgrace.

About the Author

Ellis Cashmore is Professor of Culture, Media and Sport at Staffordshire University

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments

  • chapter one - Introduction: I will kill you. Do you understand this?

  • chapter two - If you'd be kind enough, I'd love to do it again

  • chapter three - Are you an animal? It depends

  • chapter four - Like watching a Serengeti lion rip into a warthog

  • chapter five - His vital organs in exchange for forgiveness

  • chapter six - God's planning to screw him

  • chapter seven - To rape the virginal black princess

  • chapter eight - In handcuffs in the back of a police cruiser

  • chapter nine - They believe white men have had to pay for black success

  • chapter ten - Time to leave the white man's world

  • chapter eleven - Facts are lost in the preconceptions of racial grievance

  • chapter twelve - Give him enough time and the nigger will come out in him

  • chapter thirteen - The debt of the ghetto bound

  • chapter fourteen - You'd still look at me as a scumbag

  • Bibliography

  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780745630694
Subtitle:
Nurture of the Beast
Manufactured:
Polity Press
Manufactured by:
Polity Press
Manufactured:
Polity Press
Author:
More
Author:
Cashmore, Ernest
Author:
Ellis Cash
Author:
Cashmore, Ellis
Publisher:
Polity
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Boxers (Sports)
Subject:
Boxing
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Boxers (Sports) -- United States.
Subject:
Tyson, Mike
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
General Communication & Media Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Polity celebrities series
Publication Date:
January 2005
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
236.7 x 160 x 25.6 mm 19 oz
Children's Book Type:
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