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More Than Just a Game tracks the explosion of the sports industry in the United States since 1945 and how it has shaped class, racial, gender, and national identities. By examining both professional and intercollegiate sports such as baseball, football, basketball, golf, tennis, and stock car racing, Kathryn Jay looks at the impact of packaging, salary, hype, corporate sponsorship, drug use, and the presence of women and African American players. Jay also considers the persistent belief that sports encourage good citizenship and morality despite a rise in cheating and violent behavior and an unabashed emphasis on financial gain. More Than Just a Game is a fascinating exploration of a phenomenon that has engaged the American imagination and thrilled fans for decades.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231125352
ISBN-10: 0231125356
Format: Paperback
(223mm x 181mm x 18mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 20-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kathryn Jay

Kathryn Jay was most recently an assistant professor of history and director of American studies at Barnard College.