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  • 1. Introduction: Playing With The Pleasure Principle–David L. Andrews

    2. Rooting For The ‘‘Devil’’: Baseball, The Yankees, Shane Spencer (Who?), And Social Theory–George Ritzer

    3. Why We Like To Lose: On Being A Cubs Fan In The Heterotopia Of Wrigley Field–Jane Juffer

    4. God’s Team: The Painful Pleasure Of The Miracle On The Bosphorus–Grant Farred

    5. They Killed Our Grandfathers And Our Fathers And Now The Sonsabitches Are Coming For Us–Jim Shepard

    6. ‘‘The Buzz Of Dressing’’: Commodity Culture, Fraternity, And Football Fandom–Liz Moor

    7. Objectivity Be Damned, Or Why I Go To The Olympic Games: A Hands-On Lesson In Performative Nationalism–Amy Bass

    8. Of Totems And Taboos: An Indian’s Guide To Indian Chiefs And Other Objects Of Fan Fascination–Keya Ganguly

    9. Mother And Mickey–Norman K. Denzin

    10. Body Wisdom: The Way Of Karate–Annie Paul

    11. Sync Or Swim? Plebiscitary Sport, Synchronized Voting, And The Shift From Mars To Venus–John Hartley

    12. Fandom: Colin ‘‘Pine Tree’’ Meads–Kenneth Surin

    13. Caddying For The Dalai Lama: Golf, Heritage Tourism, And The Pinehurst Resort–Orin Starn

    14. Take Me Out To The Slot Machines: Reflections On Gambling And Contemporary American Culture–Jeffrey T. Nealon

    15. Notes On Contributors

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    From the ancient Olympic games to the savage gladiatorial contests of the Roman Empire, from the thrill of the World Cup to the hype of the Super Bowl, sport represents a singular source of social belonging and communal enjoyment—sometimes as intense as religious faith. The Pleasure Principle addresses the issue of sport as a form of pleasure, contending that sport, like any form of popular culture, reveals a lot about the society in which it appears. Examining sports through various theoretical lenses, including Marxist, feminist, and poststructuralist, and from numerous disciplinary viewpoints—history, sociology, cinema studies, literature, and cultural studies—this special issue demonstrates the complexity of contemporary sports culture.

    Ranging from the humorous to the ironic, from the personal to the theoretical, and from sports as dissimilar as baseball and rugby, gambling and karate, this issue explains fandom itself and explores the intersections of sport and politics, sport and class, and sport and identity. One timely essay addresses the use of Native American imagery and nicknames and the recent NCAA ban on these references. Another classifies gambling as a popular American sport, one that in 2003 attracted three times as many attendees as all Major League Baseball franchises combined. Another essay delves into the history of the golfing mecca of Pinehurst, North Carolina, discussing the resort’s roots in the age of Jim Crow. Among the other topics addressed in this issue are how soccer fandom and commodity culture can be one and the same; why Liverpool’s 2005 victory in the European Champion’s League proves that God is red; and why the Olympic Games can represent performative nationalism.

    Contributors. David L. Andrews, Amy Bass, Norman K. Denzin, Grant Farred, Keya Ganguly, John Hartley, Jane Juffer, Liz Moor, Jeffrey T. Nealon, Annie Paul, George Ritzer, Jim Shepard, Orin Starn, Kenneth Surin

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