Sport and Neoliberalism

Politics, Consumption, and Culture

Edited by David L. Andrews, and Michael L. Silk
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322 pages
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How neoliberal politics appropriates sports for its own ends

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Description

Offering new approaches to thinking about sports and political ideologies, Sport and Neoliberalism explores the structures, formations, and mechanics of neoliberalism. The editors and contributors to this original and timely volume examine the intersection of sport as a national pastime and also an engine for urban policy—e.g., stadium building—as well as a powerful force for influencing our understanding of the relationship between culture, politics, and identity. Sport and Neoliberalism examines the ways the neoliberal project creates priorities for civic society and how, in effect, it turns many aspects of sport into a vehicle of public governance. From the relationship between sport and the neo-liberal state, through the environmental dimensions of neo-liberal sport, to the political biopolitics of obesity, the essays in this volume explore the ways in which the "logics" of neoliberalism are manifest as powerful public pedagogies through the realm of popular culture. Contributors include: Michael Atkinson, Ted Butryn, C. L. Cole, Norman Denzin, Grant Farred, Jessica Francombe, Caroline Fusco, Michael D. Giardina, Mick Green, Leslie Heywood, Samantha King, Lisa McDermott, Mary G. McDonald, Toby Miller, Mark Montgomery, Joshua I. Newman, Jay Scherer, Kimberly S. Schimmel, and Brian Wilson

Table of Contents

1 Sport and the Neoliberal Conjuncture: Complicating the Consensus • Michael L. Silk • David L. Andrews Part I Structures, Formations, and Mechanics of Neoliberalism 2 A Distorted Playing Field: Neoliberalism and Sport through the lens of Economic Citizenship • Toby Miller 3 Advanced Liberal Government, Sport Policy, and “Building the Active Citizen” • Mick Green 4 Race, Class, and Politics in Post-Katrina America • Michael D. Giardina • C. L. Cole 5 Nike U: Full-Program Athletics Contracts and the Corporate University • Samantha King 6 Growth and Nature: Reflections on Sport, Carbon Neutrality, and Ecological Modernization • Brian Wilson 7 The Uncanny of Olympic Time: Michael Phelps and the End of Neoliberalism • Grant Farred Part II Government, Governance, and the Cultural Geographies of Neoliberalism 8 The Governance of the Neoliberal Sporting City • Michael L. Silk • David L. Andrews 9 Governing Play: Moral Geographies, Healthification, and Neoliberal Urban Imaginaries • Caroline Fusco 10 Neoliberal Redevelopment, Sport Infrastructure, and the Militarization of U.S. Urban Terrain • Kimberly S. Schimmel 11 Economies of Surf: Evolution, Territorialism, and the Erosion of Localism • Leslie Heywood • Mark Montgomery 12 Free Running: Post-Sport Liminality in a Neoliberal World • Michael Atkinson Part III Consuming Pleasure: Citizenship, Subjectivities, and “Popular” Sporting Pedagogies 13 Out-of-Bounds Plays: The Women’s National Basketball Association and the Neoliberal Imaginings of Sexuality • Mary G. McDonald 14 Pedagogies of Fat: The Social Currency of Slenderness • Jessica M. Francombe • Michael L. Silk 15 Technologies of the South: Sport, Subjectivity, and “Swinging” Capital • Joshua I. Newman 16 Hijacking Canadian Identity: Stephen Harper, Hockey, and the Terror of Neoliberalism • Jay Scherer • Lisa McDermott 17 Global Smackdown: Vince McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainment, and Neoliberalism • Ted Butryn Afterword: Sport and Neoliberalism • Norman K. Denzin Contributors Index

About the Author(s)

David L. Andrews is a Professor in the Physical Cultural Studies program, Department of Kinesiology, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Michael L. Silk is a Reader in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Bath.


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In the Series

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    As an international cultural activity for athleticism, spectatorship, and global cultural exchange, sport is unmatched by any other force on earth. And yet it remains a consistently understudied dimension of history and cultural studies. Sporting, edited by Amy Bass, aims to contribute to the study of sport by publishing works by people across a range of disciplines, by professional sportswriters, and by athletes to add substance to our still emerging notion of globalization.