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Miller, Toby.
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Philadelphia : Temple University Press, [2001]

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viii, 180 pages ; 24 cm
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GV706.2 .M55 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This title examines the landscape of sports writ global. And it is about the way sport allows men and women - but mostly men - to consider their looks, their vitality, and their relationship to their gender in ways that in any other context would be considered taboo.

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Toby Miller is professor of cultural studies and cultural policy at New York University.

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Miller (cultural studies and cultural policy, New York Univ.) has written a groundbreaking study of the globalization of the body through sports, particularly sports driven by the media and advertisers generating billions of dollars. He applies contemporary theory, both critical and sociological, to international media--from the The New York Times and ESPN to the Sydney Morning Herald. Distinguishing the gender bias in sports reporting, the author notes that "the crucial issue of discussing men is power," whereas media "remark on the appearance of women's bodies in a manner that has only the vaguest equivalent in terms of men's 'fitness.'" Miller considers how spectacles televised worldwide--the Olympics, the Soccer World Cup--display and commodify bodies; he gives equal attention to controversies surrounding personalities, e.g., Magic Johnson's HIV diagnosis and Martina Navratilova's lesbianism. A gay-studies perspective informs but does not dominate the book; the presiding intellectual influence here is Foucault. Miller concludes that multinational capitalism turns the sports body into a contradictory and contested "site of reward," often to the detriment of both competitors and viewers--but sometimes to their advantage. Those concerned with sports will debate Miller's stimulating ideas for some time to come. All academic collections, upper-division undergraduate and above. M. J. Emery Cottey College

Table of Contents

Jim McKay and David RoweJim McKay and Randy Martin
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Sportsextrop. 1
1 Bodnam: Body, Nation, Mediap. 15
2 Commodifying the Male Body = Problematizing Hegemonic Masculinity?p. 47
3 Panic Sports and the Racialized Male Bodyp. 79
4 Courting Lesbianismp. 103
Conclusion: Booters with Hootersp. 127
Notesp. 135
Works Citedp. 145
Indexp. 175