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Football U Spectator Sports in the Life of the American University

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ISBN-10: 0472112996

ISBN-13: 9780472112999

Edition: 2003

Authors: J. Douglas Toma

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The Big Ten . . . the SEC . . . the Final Four . . . sometimes it seems that American higher education is more about sports than studies. Not so, says this well-researched, evenhanded study of athletics in university life. Sports--particularly football--play a key role in defining institutions that might otherwise be indistinguishable and are an indispensable tool in building a sense of community on campus, as well as an important factor in mustering alumni and political support. While abuses exist, the "football school" is not only a legitimate member of the academic community but an inevitable one as well--and football provides much-needed identity at every level from the local to the…    
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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 7/23/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 220
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Margaret Marsh is a professor of history and interim chancellor, Rutgers University-Camden. Wanda Ronner is a clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. They are coauthors of The Empty Cradle: Infertility in America from Colonial Times to the Present, also published by Johns Hopkins.J. Douglas Toma is an associate professor at the Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia.

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School Colors: The Forms of Institutional Culture
Team Spirit: Community and the Substance of Institutional Culture
League Standings: The University as National Brand
Home Games: Local Involvement in the Life of the American University
Loyal Fans: Institutional Identification at State U.
The Football School: Institutional Image and Brand Equity
Homecoming Weekend: Motivating Institutional Advancement
Amateur Ideals and Commercial Realities: Understanding the American University and the Future of College Sports