Body politic : the great American sports machine


Body politic : the great American sports machine

David Shields ; introduction to the Bison Books edition by Robert Lipsyte

(A bison book)

University of Nebraska Press, 2007

  • : pbk

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Originally published: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2004

"First Nebraska paperback printing: 2007"--T.p. verso

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In Body Politic, David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories (both fictional and nonfictional), considers the kinds of athletes we choose as heroes, and delineates the lessons and values we glean from sports. He explores the intricate and telling relationships between players and coaches, black and white players, immigrant and native players, male and female players, players and broadcasters, players and fans, and players and advertisers. In the process, he shows us the stories we Americans tell ourselves about the kind of people we believe ourselves to be.


Introduction by Robert LipsyteThe Wound and the Bow: A Long PrologueOn the Need to Connect with Something Larger than YourselfFairy Tale of Reinvention and EscapeWords Can't Begin to Describe What I'm FeelingHeaven Is a PlaygroundFandomHistory of America, #34How It Feels to Be a ProblemMyths of PlaceA Little Euro Trash-TalkBeing IchiroMatsui Among the AmericansBring the PainBeing Random Is the Key to Life42 Tattoos: An Epilogue

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