This insightful volume considers how to locate America in the sporting world: in the traditions and rituals of a national pastime or in the baseball academies run by American professional teams in the Dominican Republic? With the athletes that carry a flag in Olympic ceremonies or among the executives in the boardrooms of Nike? The contributors argue that 'America' is located in these familiar sites and practices but also and increasingly in these novel contexts, where the bodies, strategies, and aspirations of others are becoming subject to American ludic, agonistic, and moral orders. Collectively, their contention is that American sports as a category needs to be reconsidered, to take into account the extensive networks of expertise, finance, and performance moving out from American athletic institutions as well as the ever increasing influx of talent coming from abroad that sustains American collegiate and professional athletics.
As America strives to balance cosmopolitan objectives with resurgent nationalism, it is critical to consider 'American sports' from within and without. This book will be of great interest to scholars of culture, politics, and sport.
This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.
Benjamin Eastman is a PhD candidate in socio-cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on contemporary Cuban society and politics and in particular the relationships between sports, nationalism, and the transition to post-socialism in Cuba. Sean Brown is a PhD student in sociology at Northeastern University. Michael Ralph is a PhD candidate in socio-cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on contemporary Senegal, in particular the prominence of sport in Senegalese encounters with globalization and neo-liberal reforms.
1. American Baseball Fans in Havana, Cuba. Benjamin Eastman, The University of Chicago 2. American Football in Europe. Sean Brown, Northeastern University 3. Basketball in Senegal. Michael Ralph, The University of Chicago 4. American Sport, Baseball. John D. Kelly, The University of Chicago 5. Olympism and American Sport. John J. MacAloon, The University of Chicago 6. Baseball in the Dominican Republic. Alan Klein, Northeastern University 7. Golf in America. Tod Crosset, University of Massachussets, Amherst 8. Sport and the South Asian Diaspora in America. Manan Ahmed, The University of Chicago 9. Native American Sport. Richard King, Washington State University 10. American Sports Fanaticism: A View from the Bleachers. Holly Swyers, The University of Chicago.