Basketball Jones : America above the Rim

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-04-01
  • Publisher: New York University Press

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It began with Magic, Bird, and Dr. J. Then came Michael. The Dream Team. The WNBA. And, most recently, "Spree" Latrell Sprewell--American Dream or American Nightmare?--the embodiment of everything many believe is wrong--and others believe is exciting--about the game.Today, despite the NBA strike, despite home run derbies, despite football's headlock on network television ratings, despite the much-heralded return of baseball, basketball has assumed a role in American culture and consciousness impossible to imagine 20 years ago, when arenas were empty and the NBA finals were broadcast via tape delay in the wee hours.So what happened? How did a "black sport," plagued by drug scandal and decimated by white flight, come to achieve such prominence? What are the subtle and not-so-subtle racial codes that define how the game is played and perceived, and the reception of its high-profile stars? What does the shift in popularity from the predominantly white, working-class ethos of baseball to the black, urban ethos of basketball suggest about contemporary life in America? What linkages exist between basketball and hip-hop culture and how did these develop? How has the arrival of women on the scene changed the equation?Bringing together journalists, cultural critics, and academics, this wide-ranging anthology has something for everyone, from hard-core fan to casual observer.Contributors: Todd Boyd, Kenneth L. Shropshire, Gerald Early, James Peterson, Susan J. Rayl, Davis W. Houck, Mark Conrad, Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Earl Smith, Sohail Daulatzi, Larry Platt, Tina Sloan Green, Alpha Alexander, Tara McPherson, Aaron Baker.

Table of Contents

preface the game is to be sold, not to be told ix
Todd Boyd
preface shaka's revenge: not all black men jump xiii
Kenneth L. Shropshire
acknowledgments xix
introduction basketball jones: a new world order? 1(11)
Todd Boyd
Kenneth L. Shropshire
privileges and immunities for basketball stars and other sports heroes?
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.
why baseball was the black national pastime
Gerald Early
gladiators, gazelles, and groupies basketball love and loathing
Julianne Malveaux
mo' money, mo' problems keepin' it real in the post-jordan era
Todd Boyd
the white shadow
Larry Platt
deconstructing the nba
Kenneth L. Shropshire
blue-collar law and basketball
Mark Conrad
african american ownership bob douglas and the rens
Susan J. Rayl
incivility and basketball
Earl Smith
attacking the rim the cultural politics of dunking
Davis W. Houck
retelevising a revolution commercial basketball and a chat with gil scott-heron
James Peterson
sheroes over the rim a brave new women's basketball world
Tina Sloan Green
Alpha Alexander
who's got next? gender, race, and the mediation of the wnba
Tara McPherson
view the world from american eyes ball, islam, and dissent in post-race america
Sohail Daulatzai
hoop dreams in black and white race and basketball movies
Aaron Baker
contributors 241(4)
about the editors 245

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