Sports Wars: Athletes in the Age of Aquarius (c)

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University of Arkansas Press, 2001 - Counterculture - 180 pages
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The Vietnam era's tensions--between tradition and new possibilities, black and white, young and old, male and female--were played out on the field of professional and organized sports. SportsWars shows that the century-old position of sports as the standard-bearer for American values, and as a central way of building character, made it a prime target in this time of general disenchantment. Critics began to challenge not only individual abuses but sport's very ideals, and for the first time these critics included athletes themselves. Zang locates a variety of larger cultural debates within professional sports and organized sports more generally: changing valuations of hard work and the physical, winning versus character, and challenges to authority. He also considers the relationships between sports and other domains of popular culture, including the counterculture, rock and roll, and Hollywood.
 

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Contents

A StarSpangled Collision Sports and Rock n Roll in the 60s
3
Toil and Trouble A Parable of Hard Work and Fun
27
Ivy League Jeremiad The Struggle between Winning and Character
51
When Falls the Coliseum New Perceptions of the Physical
72
The Greatest Muhammad Ali s Confounding Character
96
Terrapin Soup Challenging Authority
119
The Bad News Bears Hollywood Presents the End of the Era
140
Epilogue
156
Notes
159
Index
181
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