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Rooting for the Home Team
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Rooting for the Home Team examines how various American communities create and maintain a sense of collective identity through sports. Looking at large cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, and Los Angeles as well as small rural towns, suburbs, and college towns, the contributors consider the idea that rooting for local athletes and home teams often symbolizes a community's preferred understanding of itself, and that doing so is an expression of connectedness, public pride and pleasure, and personal identity. Some of the wide-ranging essays point out that financial interests also play a significant role in encouraging fan bases, and modern media have made every seasonal sport into yearlong obsessions. Celebrities show up for big games, politicians throw out first pitches, and taxpayers pay plenty for new stadiums and arenas. The essays in Rooting for the Home Team cover a range of professional and amateur athletics, including teams in basketball, football, baseball, and even the phenomenon of no-glove softball. Contributors are Amy Bass, Susan Cahn, Mark Dyreson, Michael Ezra, Elliott J. Gorn, Christopher Lamberti, Allison Lauterbach, Catherine M. Lewis, Shelley Lucas, Daniel A. Nathan, Michael Oriard, Carlo Rotella, Jaime Schultz, Mike Tanier, David K. Wiggins, and David W. Zang.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Sport, Community, and Identity
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 1. Basketball and Magic in "Middletown": Locating Sport and Culture in American Social Science
  2. pp. 17-35
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  1. 2. the Biggest "Classic" of Them All: The Howard University and Lincoln University Thanksgiving Day Footbal Games, 1919-1929
  2. pp. 36-53
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  1. 3. Bobby Jones, Southern Identity, and the Preservation of Privilege
  2. pp. 54-67
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  1. 4. Football Town under Friday Night Lights: High School Football and American Dreams
  2. pp. 68-79
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  1. 5. Girls' Six-Player Basketball: "The Essence of Small-Town Life in Iowa"
  2. pp. 80-92
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  1. 6. Chicago's Game
  2. pp. 93-107
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  1. 7. The Baltimore Blues: The Colts and Civic Identity
  2. pp. 108-124
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  1. 8 The Voice of Los Angeles
  2. pp. 125-138
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  1. 9. We Believe: The Anatomy of Red Sox Nation
  2. pp. 139-156
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  1. 10. American Brigadoon: Joe Paterno's Happy Valley
  2. pp. 157-169
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  1. 11. Jayhawk Pride
  2. pp. 170-181
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  1. 12. Finding My Place: A Sports Odyssey
  2. pp. 182-194
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  1. 13. A Philadelphia Nocturne
  2. pp. 195-204
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  1. 14. The Cult of Micky Ward in Massachusette
  2. pp. 205-217
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 219-223
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 225-227
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-237
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  1. Production Note, Back Cover
  2. pp. 249-250
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