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Sport, Spectacle, and NASCAR Nation

Consumption and the Cultural Politics of Neoliberalism

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Part of the Education, Politics, and Public Life book series (EPPL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Joshua I. Newman, Michael D. Giardina
    Pages 1-18
  3. Joshua I. Newman, Michael D. Giardina
    Pages 19-44
  4. Joshua I. Newman, Michael D. Giardina
    Pages 45-66
  5. Joshua I. Newman, Michael D. Giardina
    Pages 67-91
  6. Joshua I. Newman, Michael D. Giardina
    Pages 93-118
  7. Joshua I. Newman, Michael D. Giardina
    Pages 119-149
  8. Joshua I. Newman, Michael D. Giardina
    Pages 151-161
  9. Joshua I. Newman, Michael D. Giardina
    Pages 162-183
  10. Joshua I. Newman, Michael D. Giardina
    Pages 185-212
  11. Joshua I. Newman, Michael D. Giardina
    Pages 213-218
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 219-288

About this book

Introduction

Sport, Spectacle, and NASCAR Nation critically interrogates stockcar racing's ascendance into the upper-echelon of the North American sporting popular. While most contributions to the public discourse gloss over NASCAR's exclusively white racial identity politics, its underlying patriarchal gender politics, its overtly conservative political commitment, its hyper-Christian orthodoxy, and its omnipresent commercialism, this book connects the dots and critically analyzes the problematic nature of this non-natural, strategically-orchestrated sporting spectacle.

Keywords

consumption gender identity mobility nature neoliberalism politics

About the authors

Joshua I. Newman lectures in the areas of sport and physical culture, qualitative research, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy in the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago (New Zealand).Michael D. Giardina is an assistant professor in the Department of Sport Management at Florida State University.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sport, Spectacle, and NASCAR Nation
  • Book Subtitle Consumption and the Cultural Politics of Neoliberalism
  • Authors J. Newman
    M. Giardina
  • Series Title Education, Politics, and Public Life
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230338081
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2011
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Education Collection Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-230-11519-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-29653-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-33808-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 288
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Education
    Political Theory
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

"This groundbreaking text is more than just a fascinating and well-researched account of one of America s most popular spectator sports; it is also an urgent and necessary explication of the current troubled state of the United States in the context of the recent growth of Christian fundamentalism and militaristic nationalism. Sport, Spectacle, and NASCAR Nation is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary American politics and the central role that sport continues to play in reshaping the American Dream. " - Ben Carrington, University of Texas at Austin; author of Race, Sport and Politics: The Sporting Black Diaspora

"Arguably the most comprehensive contextualization of twenty-first century American sport culture; a compelling, powerful, and indeed invaluable antidote to the public pedagogy of the NASCAR spectacle" - David L. Andrews, University of Maryland; author of Sport-Commerce-Culture: Essays on Sport in Late Capitalist America

"Closely argued and deeply researched, this freewheeling study takes readers to the intersections of politics and spectacle, of race and representation, of South and North. It shows how the dizzying speed of the market and the seeming traditionalism of fundamentalist religion coexist in US conservatism." -David R. Roediger, University of Illinois; author of How Race Survived U.S. History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon