Cover for NATHAN: Rooting for the Home Team: Sport, Community, and Identity. Click for larger image
Ebook Information

Rooting for the Home Team

Sport, Community, and Identity

Civic pride and personal identity in local sports teams

Rooting for the Home Team examines how various American communities create and maintain a sense of collective identity through sports. Looking at large cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, and Los Angeles as well as small rural towns, suburbs, and college towns, the contributors consider the idea that rooting for local athletes and home teams often symbolizes a community's preferred understanding of itself, and that doing so is an expression of connectedness, public pride and pleasure, and personal identity.

Some of the wide-ranging essays point out that financial interests also play a significant role in encouraging fan bases, and modern media have made every seasonal sport into yearlong obsessions. Celebrities show up for big games, politicians throw out first pitches, and taxpayers pay plenty for new stadiums and arenas. The essays in Rooting for the Home Team cover a range of professional and amateur athletics, including teams in basketball, football, baseball, and even the phenomenon of no-glove softball.

Contributors are Amy Bass, Susan Cahn, Mark Dyreson, Michael Ezra, Elliott J. Gorn, Christopher Lamberti, Allison Lauterbach, Catherine M. Lewis, Shelley Lucas, Daniel A. Nathan, Michael Oriard, Carlo Rotella, Jaime Schultz, Mike Tanier, David K. Wiggins, and David W. Zang.

"These accessible, illustrative essays—written by scholars of sport studies, American studies, and history—are stories about teams and times, voice and victories, pride and privilege. In sum, the book emphasizes the functional aspects of sports—the fact that through sports people feel connected to one another. Recommended."--Choice

"This fine anthology shows the confluence of sport, identity, and community in a variety of settings. Outstanding essays by skilled writers."--Ronald A. Smith, author of Pay for Play: A History of Big-Time College Athletic Reform

Daniel A. Nathan is an associate professor and chair of American studies at Skidmore College and the author of the award-winning Saying It's So: A Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal.

To order online:
http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/45dhc3yq9780252037610.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Saying It's So

A Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal

Daniel A. Nathan

Studying Appalachian Studies

Making the Path by Walking

Edited by Chad Berry, Phillip J. Obermiller, and Shaunna L. Scott

Figure Skating in the Formative Years

Singles, Pairs, and the Expanding Role of Women

James R. Hines

I Wore Babe Ruth's Hat

Field Notes from a Life in Sports

David W. Zang

Signal Traffic

Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures

Edited by Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski

Before the Ivy

The Cubs' Golden Age in Pre-Wrigley Chicago

Laurent Pernot

Sport History in the Digital Era

Edited by Gary Osmond and Murray G. Phillips

Redeeming Time

Protestantism and Chicago’s Eight-Hour Movement, 1866-1912

William A. Mirola

 
Rooting for the Home Team ebook is available for immediate download from the following vendors:
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Google Play