The NFL: Critical and Cultural Perspectives.pdf

The NFL: Critical and Cultural Perspectives.pdf


The National Football League is one of the most significant cultural engines in contemporary American life. Yet despite intense and near ubiquitous media coverage, commentators rarely turn a critical lens on the league to ask what material and social forces have contributed to its success, and how the NFL has influenced public life in the United States. The editors of and contributors to The NFL examine the league as a culturally, economically, and politically powerful presence in American life. The essays, by established and up-and-coming scholars, explore how the NFL is packaged for commercial consumption, the league's influence on American identity, and its relationship to state and cultural militarism. The NFL is the first collection of critical essays to focus attention on the NFL as a cultural force. It boldly moves beyond popular celebrations of the sport and toward a fuller understanding of football's role in shaping contemporary sport, media, and everyday life.

Thomas P. Oates is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. His work on sports, media, and contemporary culture has appeared in "Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies" and the "Sociology of Sport Journal." Zack Furness is Assistant Professor of Communications at Penn State University, Greater Allegheny. He is the editor of "Punkademics" and the author of "One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility" (Temple).

Contributors David L. Andrews, Aaron Baker, Michael Butterworth, Jacob Dittmer, Dan Grano, Samantha King, Kyle Kusz, Toby Miller, Ronald L. Mower, Dylan Mulvin, Oliver J.C. Rick, Katie Rodgers, and the editors.


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