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Examining Identity in Sports Media

Examining Identity in Sports Media

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May 2009 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Including the work of top sports communication researchers, Examining Identity in Sports Media explores identity issues, including gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and (dis)ability, as well as the intersections within these various identity issues. This co-edited, twelve-chapter book investigates how various identity groups are framed, treated, affected, and shaped by a ubiquitous sports media, including television, magazines, film, the Internet, and newspapers. While other books may devote a chapter or section to issues of identity in sports media, this book offers a complete examination of identity from cover to cover, allowing identity variables to be both isolated and intermingled to capture how identity is negotiated within sports media platforms. Far more than a series of case studies, this book surveys the current state of the field while providing insight on future directions for identity scholarship in sports communication.

Examining Identity in Sports Media is ideal for undergraduate or graduate-level courses in Sports Communication, Sports Media, Media Criticism, Sports Sociology, Gender Communication, and Identity Politics.




Andrew C. Billings, Heather L. Hundley
1. Examining Identity in Sports Media
Marie Hardin, Erin Whiteside
2. The Rene Portland Case: New Homophobia and Heterosexism in Women's Sports Coverage
Kim L. Bissell
3. Exploring the Influence of Mediated Beauty: Competitive Female Athletes' Perceptions of Ideal Beauty in Athletes and Other Women
Lindsay Mean
4. Making Masculinity and Framing Femininity: FIFA, Soccer, and World Cup Web Sites
Lawrence A. Wenner
5. Gendered Sports Dirt: Interrogating Sex and the Single Beer Commercial
Bryan E. Denham, Andrea Duke
6. Hegemonic Masculinity and the Rogue Warrior: Lance Armstrong as (Symbolic) American
Michael L. Butterworth
7. Do You Believe in Nationalism? American Patriotism in Miracle
Mary G. McDonald
8. The Whiteness of Sport Media/Scholarship
Benjamin D. Goss, Andrew L. Tyler, Andrew C. Billings
9. A Content Analysis of Racial Representations of NBA Athletes on Sports Illustrated Magazine Covers, 1970-2003
James L. Cherney, Kurt Lindemann
10. Sporting Images of Disability: Murderball and the Rehabilitation of Masculine Identity
Jennings Bryant, R. Glenn Cummins
11. The Effects of Outcome of Mediated and Live Sporting Events on Sports Fans' Self- and Social Identities
Kelby K. Halone
12. The Institutional(ized) Nature of Identity in and Around Sport(s)
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It was too narrowly focused. I loved it, but I couldn't expect students to purchase it given that they were books that addressed the issue and others in a single text.

Melissa Camacho
Broadcast Electronic Comm Dept, San Francisco State University
October 30, 2013

Good book. Solid case studies for our course in media and sports.

Dr Frank Parcells
Other, Austin Peay State University
June 26, 2013

This text has been recommended to students on the Sports Journalism module as it gives them a key theoretical grounding in how sport is framed and shaped by the media. The key components of the theory aspect of this module are racism, sexuality, gender and homophobia and this text provides both a general grounding and detailed case studies in these areas.

Mr Ian Hepworth
Fac of Media, Art & Communications, Gloucestershire University
July 11, 2012

The diversity of the topics related to identity-constructed proved expansive. Students, however, struggled with the work's theoretical density.

Ms Lindsay Pieper
School Of Physical Act Ed Serv, Ohio State University
February 2, 2012

comprehensive book. present the phenomenon from different aspects. essential fom any media and sport courses

Dr Ilan Tamir
Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University
August 8, 2011

This text is ideal for the second semester module I currently teach on our Sports Journalism pathway. My aim is to encourage the students to be 'critical' of the content of the sports media that they will one day help to create themselves. This text has been really useful in raising their awareness of the themes and meanings present behind the headlines.

Mr Philip McDonald
Sociology , Leeds Trinity and All Saints
February 2, 2011

This is an excellent book covering a wide range of issues relating to identity. The case study approach is effective and allows the reader to link theory and themes from the literature in an applied way. I feel that this is really useful for undergraduate students who sometimes struggle with this in their work

Miss Kathryn Leflay
Sociology , Wolverhampton University
November 18, 2010

A cutting edge and current text tackling wide reaching issues surrounding sports media and identity. The authors and editors have not been afraid to include topics in requirement of contemporary critique.

Mr James Brighton
Department of sport and Outdoor Education, Hartpury College
April 12, 2010

I may adopt it next spring as the class will be more narrowly focused. This semester Socy of Leisure was centered more on the natural environment & leisure

Professor Shawna Mauldin
Social Sciences Dept, Ferris State University
January 19, 2010
Key features
  • Draws on both quantitative and qualitative approaches, including surveys, content analyses, and rhetorical approaches.
  • Investigates the numerous ways print, electronic, and digital media present issues of identity in sports coverage
  • Addresses media portrayals and/or cultural representations of one or more forms of identity (ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability/disability, etc.) as they relate to sport
  • Includes examples and illustrations of both explicit and implicit discriminatory practices appearing in the media
  • Includes articles by a wide range of interdisciplinary contributors—both seasoned and up-and-coming scholars of sport—representing a diverse balance of intellectual ideologies
  • Helps students understand how identity can be addressed through quantitative or qualitative approaches, critical/cultural scholarship, and rhetorical analyses