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Muhammad Ali: Trickster in the Culture of Irony (Celebrities)

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Muhammad Ali has a unique place in global history. One of the most extraordinary athletes of all times, Ali is also, as he always was, an inadvertent but powerful figure in world affairs. From the first announcement of his membership in the Nation of Islam, through his courageous refusal to fight in Vietnam, to his spiritual calm in the face of crippling disease, Muhammad Ali’s steady values have inspired others the world over to rethink their racial, political, and spiritual attitudes.

Ali’s life over the years has put irony in a different light. When Muhammad Ali stood against those who criticized him for converting to the Nation of Islam, he told the world “I don’t have to be what you want me to be.” What first appeared as simple defiance was revealed over the years as rock solid conviction – a conviction that allowed him to be and do what he believed in, while also embracing the world in his loving and laughing way.

Charles Lemert writes with grace, perspective, and affection. Muhammad Ali is the first book to unravel the reasons for the enduring respect and reverence that Muhammad Ali commands long after the end of his athletic career.

This text will appeal to those teaching and studying cultural studies, social theory, sports studies, and sociology, as well as to general readers interested in Muhammad Ali.

Synopsis:

Muhammad Ali - one of the most extraordinary athletes of all time - is also, as he always was, an inadvertent but powerful figure in world affairs. This book unravels the reasons for the enduring respect and reverence that he commands long after the end of his athletic career.

Synopsis:

This absorbing book unravels the reasons for the enduring respect and reverence that Muhammad Ali commands long after the end of his athletic career. It will appeal to those teaching and studying cultural studies, social theory, sports studies, and sociology, as well as to general readers interested in Muhammad Ali.

  • A probing account of Muhammad Ali’s life, which also examines the man’s celebrity and his importance in global history.

  • The first book to unravel the reasons for the enduring respect and reverence that Muhammad Ali commands long after the end of his athletic career.

  • Traces the key controversies and significant events, from Ali's first announcement of his membership in the Nation of Islam, through his courageous refusal to fight in Vietnam, to his spiritual calm in the face of crippling disease.

  • Offers an original and compelling theory of the celebrity in postmodern society.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 188-206) and index.

About the Author

Charles Lemert is Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University.

Table of Contents

1. From the Beginnings : GG is Gonna Whip Everybody.

2. Celebrity, Tricks, and Culture: Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee.

3. Trickster Queers the World: I Don’t Have to Be What You Want Me to Be.

4. The Irony of Global Cultures: No Viet Cong ever Called me Nigger.

5. Coming Home to the Heart of Darkness: When we were Kings.

6. Trickster Bodies and Cultural Death: You’ll Die One Day So Better Get Ready.

Ali and the World: A Chronology.

Notes.

Acknowledgments.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780745628714
Subtitle:
Trickster in the Culture of Irony
Author:
Lemert, Charles
Publisher:
Polity
Location:
Cambridge, UK
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Boxing
Subject:
Boxers
Subject:
Boxers (Sports)
Subject:
African American boxers
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Boxers (Sports) -- United States.
Subject:
Ali, Muhammad
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
Sociology of Culture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Polity celebrities series
Series Volume:
IMS-20
Publication Date:
November 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.88x6.08x.66 in. .74 lbs.

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Sports
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Sports and Outdoors » Martial Arts » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Boxing » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Martial Arts » General

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"Synopsis" by , Muhammad Ali - one of the most extraordinary athletes of all time - is also, as he always was, an inadvertent but powerful figure in world affairs. This book unravels the reasons for the enduring respect and reverence that he commands long after the end of his athletic career.
"Synopsis" by , This absorbing book unravels the reasons for the enduring respect and reverence that Muhammad Ali commands long after the end of his athletic career. It will appeal to those teaching and studying cultural studies, social theory, sports studies, and sociology, as well as to general readers interested in Muhammad Ali.

  • A probing account of Muhammad Ali’s life, which also examines the man’s celebrity and his importance in global history.

  • The first book to unravel the reasons for the enduring respect and reverence that Muhammad Ali commands long after the end of his athletic career.

  • Traces the key controversies and significant events, from Ali's first announcement of his membership in the Nation of Islam, through his courageous refusal to fight in Vietnam, to his spiritual calm in the face of crippling disease.

  • Offers an original and compelling theory of the celebrity in postmodern society.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 188-206) and index.
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