Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Preface vii Introduction 3 One The Argument: Sports As Culture in In ustrial Societies--American Conformities and Exceptions 7 Two The Formation of the American Sport Space: "Crow ing Out" and Other Factors in the Relegation and Marginalization of Soccer 52 Three Soccer's Trials and Tribulations: Beginnings, Chaos, "Almosts," Obscurity, an Colleges 99 Four The Formation and Rearrangement of the American Sport Space in the Secon Half of the wentieth Century 128 Five From the North American Soccer League to Major League Soccer 162 Six The World Cup in the Unite States 201 Seven The Coverage of World Cup '98 by the American Media and the Tournament's Reception by the American Public 235 Conclusion 264 Appendixes 273 A. A Statistical Abstract on Recreational, Scholastic, and Collegiate Soccer in the United States 275 B. A Sample of Opinion from American Sports Columnists and Journalists regarding the 1994 World Cup 282 Notes 299 Bibliography 341 Index 353. Codice inventario libreria
Soccer is the world's favorite pastime, a passion for billions around the globe. In the United States, however, the sport is a distant also-ran behind football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. Why is America an exception? And why, despite America's leading role in popular culture, does most of the world ignore American sports in return? Offside is the first book to explain these peculiarities, taking us on a thoughtful and engaging tour of America's sports culture and connecting it with other fundamental American exceptionalisms. In so doing, it offers a comparative analysis of sports cultures in the industrial societies of North America and Europe.
The authors argue that when sports culture developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, nativism and nationalism were shaping a distinctly American self-image that clashed with the non-American sport of soccer. Baseball and football crowded out the game. Then poor leadership, among other factors, prevented soccer from competing with basketball and hockey as they grew. By the 1920s, the United States was contentedly isolated from what was fast becoming an international obsession.
The book compares soccer's American history to that of the major sports that did catch on. It covers recent developments, including the hoopla surrounding the 1994 soccer World Cup in America, the creation of yet another professional soccer league, and American women's global preeminence in the sport. It concludes by considering the impact of soccer's growing popularity as a recreation, and what the future of sports culture in the country might say about U.S. exceptionalism in general.
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"The vexing question of why soccer struggles to establish itself firmly on the American sports landscape is brilliantly and persuasively answered in this groundbreaking work. Sociology scholars and soccer aficionados alike should be intrigued by this painstakingly comprehensive analysis, made especially accessible by the lively and enthusiastic style of the authors. It is remarkable as a happy marriage of the scholar's methods with the fan's passion for the world's game. A must read for lovers and observers of the game in America and in the totally converted soccer community occupying the rest of our planet."--Seamus Malin, Soccer Commentator, ESPN and ABC
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Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Highlighting, underlining or notes present. Book is in good condition. Pages are clean and the binding is tight. *NOTE* Stock photo may not represent the actual book for sale. Codice libro della libreria mon0000464636
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Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0691074461
Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 691074461