25 Books to Read Before You Die
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


The Powell's Playlist | August 8, 2014

Peter Mendelsund: IMG The Powell's Playlist: Water Music by Peter Mendelsund



We "see" when we read, and we "see" when we listen. There are many ways in which music can create the cross-sensory experience of this seeing...... Continue »
  1. $11.87 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$31.48
List price: $77.50
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Local Warehouse Travel- General Recreation

This title in other editions

Beckham,

by

Beckham, Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The Beckham enigma continues. Since the publication of Cashmore’s challenging social biography in 2003, the working-class kid from the East London has left Manchester and conquered the world. Undisputedly one of the world’s most famous men, Beckham has transcended sport to become an all-purpose cultural icon for the twenty-first century.

What are the sources of Beckham’s godlike status? Why does someone who looks good, but speaks in platitudes and does little but play football, command the adulation of the planet? By dissecting his life and setting it in context of the age of celebrity, Cashmore argues that Beckham has been turned into a product, a commodity that can be bought and sold like any other piece of merchandise. There is not just a person named Beckham: there are countless Beckhams that exist independently of time and space, constructions of peoples’ imaginations.

The second edition of Beckham updates the original’s arguments, covering the events that have shaped the Beckham phenomenon: the Flying Boot that symbolized the growing disquiet at Manchester United, the replacement of his first agents SFX with Simon Fuller (the creator of Pop Idol), the failed attempt to capture a US market, the growing presence of adidas, the sportswear giants, and the transfer saga that took Beckham to Madrid – and his influence beyond.

Among the other features of the second edition are chapters on: Manchester United, the club that provided Beckham with his first showcase; Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of British football; Beckham’s ambiguous sexual image and his gay following; the importance of Madonna in kick-starting the age of celebrity in which Beckham prospered; Beckham’s curious relationships with the legacy of Warhol.

Completely revised and updated, the new text emphasizes the often overlooked part played by Victoria in the making of the icon and the guile with which she helped plan an enterprise that had no precedents.

Book News Annotation:

Such is the life of the footballer David Beckham that this study of him requires a second edition, which contains a new focus on Beckham's wife, the former Posh Spice. Cashmore (culture, media and sport, Staffordshire U.) argues that Beckham has been turned into a commodity as a consequence of a symbiotic affair with the global media and the love of celebrity in the 21st century. Distributed by Blackwell Publishing.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Such is the life of the footballer David Beckham that this study of him requires a second edition, which contains a new focus on Beckham's wife, the former Posh Spice. Cashmore (culture, media and sport, Staffordshire U.) argues that Beckham has been turned into a commodity as a consequence of a symbiotic affair with the global media and the love of celebrity in the 21st century. Distributed by Blackwell Publishing. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

LINDA SAPADIN, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice who specializes in helping people overcome self-defeating patterns of living. The author of It's About Time: The Six Styles of Procrastination and How to Overcome Them, she has appeared on the Today show and Good Morning America and has presented educational programs for the Smithsonian Institution, the American Psychological Association, and many other business, health, and educational organizations.

Synopsis:

The second edition of Beckham updates the original’s arguments, covering the events that have shaped the Beckham phenomenon.

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. OF FROGS AND PRINCES.

2. DISASTER OR DELIVERANCE?.

3. INTO THE WHIRLPOOL.

4. ARTISAN AND ARTIST.

5. THE WORLD IS JUST ABOUT ENOUGH.

6. VICTORIA’S MACHINE.

7. MANCHILD IN PURGATORY.

8. SEX, MASCULINITY AND THE TEMPTATION OF GAY MEN.

9. CUSTODIANS OF THE IMAGE.

10. MADONNA’S PACT.

11. AN AD, A PRODUCT AND A BRAND.

12. YOUR FIFTEEN MINUTES ARE ALMOST UP.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Product Details

ISBN:
9780745633664
Manufactured:
Polity Press
Publisher:
Polity Press
Manufactured:
Polity Press
Illustrator:
Cashmore, Ellis
Author:
Cashmore, Ellis
Author:
Cashmore, Ernest
Subject:
Soccer
Subject:
Rich & Famous
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
Sociology of Culture
Subject:
Sociology Special Topics
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Revised Hardcover
Series:
Polity celebrities series
Publication Date:
July 2004
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.28x6.24x.96 in. 1.09 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Pop Up

Related Subjects

Biography » Rich and Famous
Biography » Sports
History and Social Science » Military » Strategy Tactics and Deception
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Basketball » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Soccer » General
Travel » General Recreation

Beckham, New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$31.48 In Stock
Product details 224 pages Polity Press - English 9780745633664 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , LINDA SAPADIN, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice who specializes in helping people overcome self-defeating patterns of living. The author of It's About Time: The Six Styles of Procrastination and How to Overcome Them, she has appeared on the Today show and Good Morning America and has presented educational programs for the Smithsonian Institution, the American Psychological Association, and many other business, health, and educational organizations.
"Synopsis" by , The second edition of Beckham updates the original’s arguments, covering the events that have shaped the Beckham phenomenon.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.