Critical Issues in Sport and Society

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Kicking Center

Gender and the Selling of Women's Professional Soccer

Rutgers University Press

In Kicking Center, Rachel Allison investigates a women’s soccer league seeking to break into the male-dominated center of U.S. professional sport. Through an examination of the challenges and opportunities identified by those working for and with this league, she demonstrates how gender inequality is both constructed and contested in professional sport.  

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When Women Rule the Court

Gender, Race, and Japanese American Basketball

Rutgers University Press

In When Women Rule the Court, Nicole Willms tells the story of women who became Asian American sport icons by tracing their beginnings in the Japanese American basketball leagues of California. Using data from interviews and observations, Willms explores the interplay of social forces and community dynamics that have shaped this unique context of female athletic empowerment. 
 

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Iron Dads

Managing Family, Work, and Endurance Sport Identities

Rutgers University Press

An accomplished triathlete and social scientist, Diana Tracy Cohen offers much insight into the effects of endurance-sport training on family, parenting, and the sense of self.  Based in part on in-depth interviews with forty-seven triathletes and three prominent men in the race industry, Iron Dads explores the sacrifices that are required—both at home and at work—to cross an iron-distance finish line.    

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Testing for Athlete Citizenship

Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport

Rutgers University Press

Incidents of doping in sports are common in news headlines, despite regulatory efforts. How did doping become a crisis? What does a doping violation actually entail? Who gets punished for breaking the rules of fair play? In Testing for Athlete Citizenship, Kathryn E. Henne, a former competitive athlete and expert in the law and science of anti-doping regulations, examines the development of sports governance aimed at controlling performance enhancement in international sports.
 

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Indian Spectacle

College Mascots and the Anxiety of Modern America

Rutgers University Press

Indian Spectacle explores the ways in which white, middle-class Americans have consumed narratives of masculinity, race, and collegiate athletics through the lens of Indian-themed athletic identities, mascots, and music. Drawing on a cross-section of American institutions of higher education, Guiliano investigates the role of sports mascots in the big business of twentieth-century American college football in order to connect mascotry to expressions of community identity, individual belonging, stereotyped imagery, and cultural hegemony.  

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