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Sporting World of the Modern South

ISBN-10: 0252070364
ISBN-13: 9780252070365
Edition: 2002
List price: $19.95
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Description: "Engaging a medley of perspectives and methodologies, The Sporting World of the Modern South examines how sports map the social, political, and cultural landscapes of the modern South.In essays on the ""backcountry"" fighter stereotypes portrayed in  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 3/14/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

"Engaging a medley of perspectives and methodologies, The Sporting World of the Modern South examines how sports map the social, political, and cultural landscapes of the modern South.In essays on the ""backcountry"" fighter stereotypes portrayed in modern professional wrestling and the significance of Crimson Tide coaching legend Paul ""Bear"" Bryant for white Alabamians, contributors explore the symbols that have shaped southern regional identities since the Civil War. Other essays tackle gender and race relations in intercollegiate athletics, uncover the roles athletic competitions played in desegregating the South, and address the popularity of NASCAR in the southern states.Pairing the action and anecdotes of good sportswriting with rock-solid scholarship, The Sporting World of the Modern South adds historical and anthropological perspectives to legends and lore from the gridiron to the racetrack. This collection, with its innovative attention to the interplay between athletics and regional identity, is an insightful and compelling contribution to southern and sports history. "

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Transformation of Southern Sport: Gender, Class, and Some Meanings of Modernity
The Manly, the Moral, and the Proficient: College Sport in the New South
Baseball, the Lost Cause, and the New South in Richmond, Virginia
"Dear Sisters" and "Hated Rivals": Athletics and Gender at Two New South Women's Colleges, 1893-1920
Turning the Tide: College Football and Southern Progressivism
Race Relations and Southern Sport: Athletics "Behind the Veil" and the Process of Desegregation
To "Bring the Race Along Rapidly": Sport, Student Culture, and Educational Mission at Historically Black Colleges during the Interwar Years
"We Were Ladies, We Just Played Like Boys": African American Women and Competitive Basketball at Bennett College, 1928-42
Integrating New Year's Day: The Racial Politics of College Bowl Games in the American South
Baseball's Reluctant Challenge: Desegregating Major League Spring Training Sites, 1961-64
"Something More Than the Game Will Be Lost": The 1963 Mississippi State Basketball Controversy and the Repeal of the Unwritten Law
Myths, Symbols, and Stereotypes in Southern Sport: The Shaping of a Regional Identity
An Atheist in Alabama Is Someone Who Doesn't Believe in Bear Bryant: A Symbol for an Embattled South
"The Tennessee Test of Manhood": Professional Wrestling and Southern Cultural Stereotypes
The King, the Young Prince, and the Last Confederate Soldier: NASCAR on the Cusp
Manhood, Memory, and White Men's Sports in the American South
Contributors
Index

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