Out of Bounds: Sports, Media and the Politics of Identity
Sports, Media and the Politics of Identity
Out of Bounds is a collection of essays that regards the mediarepresentation of professional sports through the lens of cultural studies. EditorsAaron Baker and Todd Boyd contend that the popularity of sports derives not simplyfrom their appeal as leisure entertainment but from their contribution to discussionof larger issues of class, race, gender, and masculinity. Essays in the collectionchallenge media wisdom about the apolitical nature of sports by examining how theycontribute to the contested process of defining social identities. Included within abroad range of works are "'Never Trust a Snake': WWF Wrestling as MasculineMelodrama," (Henry Jenkins), "Mike Tyson and the Perils of DiscursiveConstraints: Boxing, Race and The Assumption of Guilt" (John Sloop), and"Visible Difference and Flex Appeal: The Body, Sex, Sexuality, and Race in thePumping Iron Films" (Christine Holmlund).
Aaron Baker teaches in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program at Arizona State University. He is currently working on a book about sports in American film and television.
Todd Boyd, Assistant Professor of Critical Studies at the USC School of Cinema-Television, has published in numerous journals, and is the author of Am I Black Enough for You? (in this catalog).