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More than just a game : sports in American life since 1945 /
Kathryn Jay.
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New York : Columbia University Press, 2004.
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x, 287 p. : ill.
ISBN
0231125348 (cloth : alk. paper)
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New York : Columbia University Press, 2004.
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0231125348 (cloth : alk. paper)
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5103454
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Kathryn Jay is assistant professor of history and director of American studies at Barnard College, Columbia University.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-04-01:
Jay (Barnard College, Columbia Univ.) has published a readable, informative, insightful, and at times provocative history of the role of sports in US (and occasionally global) life since 1945. Exploring the link between sports and historical themes such as the Cold War, the tumultuous 1960s, race, the rise of sports unions, and the globalization of US sports, Jay presents a historically contextualized treatment of the role of sports within society since the end of WW II. Whether in showing how the Olympics have always been politicized (despite pronouncements to the contrary) or in revealing the subtle ways in which society has sought to present social ideals in the guise of its athletes and their games, Jay gracefully contributes to the welcome recent trend to include study of sports in serious scholarship. Her judgments are sharp, her insights astute, and her breadth remarkable for a relatively brief (just over 240 pages of text) survey. This book will be especially welcome in undergraduate classes but is also useful for graduate students; it will be read by both general readers and scholars of sports and modern US history. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. D. C. Catsam University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Appeared in Library Journal on 2004-06-01:
Most current books on American sports history cover early America up to the present. Jay (director, American studies, Barnard Coll.) instead focuses on the postwar era, which allows her to treat in-depth such topics as the Olympics during the Cold War era, the growth of professional sports, the effect of television on sports, and the economics of sports, as well as drug use and racial and gender issues. The other major work on this time period is Randy Roberts's Winning Is the Only Thing: Sports in America Since 1945. Although Roberts's work is more entertaining and accessible to a general audience, Jay's historical and sociological treatment offers many important details on women in sports missing from Roberts's book and covers 13 more years (through 2002). This would be a good textbook for an undergraduate sport history class. Recommended for academic libraries supporting such undergraduate courses.-Christina L. Hennessey, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2004-04-12:
Taking the insidious influence of sports in culture as a green flag, Jay (an assistant professor of history at Barnard College) drives her thesis through several hairpin turns until she crosses the finish line triumphantly. Jay expertly details the development of sports in America from the almost complete decimation of professional baseball during World War II to the evolution of leisure sports such as golf and the chaotic world of drugs and cheating scandals marking professional sports in the 1990s. In the 1940s, sports provided the language and the models for defining both democratic society and masculinity while at the same time confronting segregation not always successfully, observes Jay in the sports world. By the 1980s, athletes played out Cold War tensions on the field, the hockey rink, and the basketball court as the quality of sporting teams supposedly symbolized the political structure of different countries, e.g., the Soviets were brutes and the U.S. athletes were gentlemanly Horatio Algers striving to bring peace to the playing fields. By the end of the 20th century, Jay points out, several sports retained the aura of fair play and democracy of the 1940s notably NASCAR while others endured turmoil and scandal. Jay's exciting sometimes breathless commentary on the evolution of sports in late 20th-century America touches all the bases, scoring point after point with her lucid insights and evocative prose. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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" More Than Just a Game will be an important source for historians and sociologists in years ahead..." -- Lawrence S. Connor, Indianapolis Star
From the Olympics to skateboarding, from racial integration to Title IX, from triumphs of the human spirit to crass commercialism, it's all here, the wonderful and appalling world of American sport since World War II. More Than Just a Game is always interesting, often insightful, and never dull. This is a book both to learn from and to enjoy.
"From the Olympics to skateboarding, from racial integration to Title IX, from triumphs of the human spirit to crass commercialism, it's all here, the wonderful and appalling world of American sport since World War II. More Than Just a Game is always interesting, often insightful, and never dull. This is a book both to learn from and to enjoy." -- Michael Oriard, author of King Football and Reading Football: How the Popular Press Created an American Spectacle
"From the Olympics to skateboarding, from racial integration to Title IX, from triumphs of the human spirit to crass commercialism, it's all here, the wonderful and appalling world of American sport since World War II. More Than Just a Gameis always interesting, often insightful, and never dull. This is a book both to learn from and to enjoy." -- Michael Oriard, author of King Footballand Reading Football: How the Popular Press Created an American Spectacle
" More Than Just a Game like will be an important source for historians and sociologists in years ahead..." -- Lawrence S. Connor, Indianapolis Star
More Than Just a Game will be an important source for historians and sociologists in years ahead...
" "More Than Just a Game" will be an important source for historians and sociologists in years ahead..." -- Lawrence S. Connor, "Indianapolis Star"
"Jay's exciting -- sometimes breathless -- commentary on the evolution of sports in late 20th-century America touches all the bases, scoring point after point with her lucid insights and evocative prose." -- "Publishers Weekly"
"Jay's exciting -- sometimes breathless -- commentary on the evolution of sports in late 20th-century America touches all the bases, scoring point after point with her lucid insights and evocative prose." -- Publishers Weekly
Jay's historical and sociological treatment offers many important details on women in sports... This would be a good textbook for an undergraduate sport history class. Recommended for academic libraries.
"Jay's historical and sociological treatment offers many important details on women in sports... This would be a good textbook for an undergraduate sport history class. Recommended for academic libraries." -- "Library Journal"
"Jay's historical and sociological treatment offers many important details on women in sports... This would be a good textbook for an undergraduate sport history class. Recommended for academic libraries." -- Library Journal
[Jay] traces the complex evolution of sports in American society over the course of the past sixty years, explaining how and why the major sports... have become a multibillion-dollar industry, as well as a major influence on and reflection of American society.
"[Jay] traces the complex evolution of sports in American society over the course of the past sixty years, explaining how and why the major sports... have become a multibillion-dollar industry, as well as a major influence on and reflection of American society." -- "Forecast"
"[Jay] traces the complex evolution of sports in American society over the course of the past sixty years, explaining how and why the major sports... have become a multibillion-dollar industry, as well as a major influence on and reflection of American society." -- Forecast
"ambitious scope...and she's an astute enough collector of stories that this comprehensive account never becomes unpleasantly academic" -- Bill Littlefield, Boston Sunday Globe
A valuable and necessary read... Riveting.
"A valuable and necessary read... Riveting." -- Terry Martin, Aethlon
Dr. Jay has produced a useful and thoughtful volume... it offers much insight into, and raises important questions about, recent developments in American Sport.
"Dr. Jay has produced a useful and thoughtful volume... it offers much insight into, and raises important questions about, recent developments in American Sport." -- Richard C. Crepeau, The Journal of American History
Her judgments are sharp, her insights astute, and her breadth remarkable...Highly recommended.
"Her judgments are sharp, her insights astute, and her breadth remarkable...Highly recommended." -- "Choice"
"Her judgments are sharp, her insights astute, and her breadth remarkable...Highly recommended." -- Choice
Jay's exciting -- sometimes breathless -- commentary on the evolution of sports in late 20th-century America touches all the bases, scoring point after point with her lucid insights and evocative prose.
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Summaries
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Every aspect of the sporting world has exploded in the years since 1945, including player salaries, the cost of fielding a team, the hype surrounding games, the number of cameras on the sidelines, the corporate sponsorships, and the global reach of games. Jay examines major sports, both professional and intercollegiate.
Main Description
More Than Just a Gametracks 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 Gameis a fascinating exploration of a phenomenon that has engaged the American imagination and thrilled fans for decades.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Sports, the American Wayp. 9
An Athletic Cold Warp. 45
A Brave New Worldp. 79
Making Sense of the Sixtiesp. 113
Walking the Picket Line and Fighting for Rightsp. 146
Competing on the Open Marketp. 180
High-Priced Heroes Go Globalp. 217
Notesp. 243
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 269
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