Players All

Players All

Performances in Contemporary Sport
Robert E. Rinehart
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/22/1998
ISBN: 978-0-253-11562-1
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Players All is a stunning accomplishment, an agenda-setting work; it opens the space for a bold, and innovative, critical, performance-based discourse on mass sport, sport as entertainment, and spectatorship in the global, postmodern society." —Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In a book that is both scholarly and engagingly personal, Robert E. Rinehart takes us into the world of contemporary sport performances, from the Olympic Games to "The eXtreme Games," the Super Bowl to "The American Gladiators." He introduces us to sports tourism and the highly commercialized world of global sport. Rinehart analyzes the emergence of such "sports" as paint ball (and its associations with the Vietnam War) and indoor rock climbing (and its links to environmentalism and self-mastery). He shows how sports have become theatrical events and paints a revealing portrait of the new postmodern culture of sports.

Author Bio

ROBERT E. RINEHART is Independent Scholar. He has taught courses in Physical Education and Dance at Idaho State. His work has appeared in Sociology of Sport Journal, Aethlon, Journal of Sport History, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, and Cultural Studies.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Dropping Hierarchies: Toward the Study of a Contemporary Sporting Avant-Garde
3. Sport and Kitsch: A Case Study of The American Gladiators
4. Sport as Avant-Garde: A Case Study of the World Wrestling Federation
5. Sport as Epiphanic Marker: The Case of Super Bowl XXVI (26)
6. Sport as Postmodern Construction: A Case Study of Paintball
7. Sport as Constructed Audience: A Case Study of ESPN's The eXtreme Games
8. Sport as Postmodern Tourism: Warp Speed in Barcelona (Olympism, Ideology, and Experience)