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Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge
Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge (December 2011)
Asian Traditions in a Transnational World
D. S. Farrer - Editor
John Whalen-Bridge - Editor

A wide-ranging scholarly consideration of the martial arts.

This landmark work provides a wide-ranging scholarly consideration of the traditional Asian martial arts. Most of the contributors to the volume are practitioners of the martial arts, and all are keenly aware that these traditions now exist in a transnational context. The book’s cutting-edge research includes ethnography and approaches from film, li...(Read More)
 
 
The Stadium
The Stadium (September 2011)
Images and Voices of the Original Yankee Stadium
Jon Plasse - Photographer

Photographs and recollections of one of baseball’s most storied icons.

Through images and words, The Stadium brings to life the emotional and visual experience of the original Yankee Stadium, recalling a special time when children and their parents, joined by thousands of other fans, spent a joyful afternoon or evening together, watching their local heroes. Interspersed among photographer Jon Plasse...(Read More)
 
 
Six Weeks in Saratoga
Six Weeks in Saratoga (July 2011)
How Three-Year-Old Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year
Brendan O'Meara - Author

SEMIFINALIST – 2011 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, presented by Castleton Lyons and Thoroughbred Times

The inside story of how a three-year-old filly captured the hearts of racing fans and cemented her bid to be named Horse of the Year.

When Rachel Alexandra thundered to a stylish win against the boys in the 2009 Preakness Stakes, her connections came to the 141st Saratoga ...(Read More)
 
 
Coach
Coach (March 2011)
25 Writers Reflect on People Who Made a Difference
Andrew Blauner - Editor
David Duchovny - Preface
Bill Bradley - Foreword by

Twenty-five celebrated writers share the encouraging words and timeless wisdom of the coaches who influenced their lives.

For everyone who has heard the beloved whistle at the end of a grueling practice, only to eagerly await the next, Coach is a treasure trove of insights and wisdom from the mouths of those we cherish, seen through the eyes of those we admire most. This book offers the reflections of tw...(Read More)
 
 
When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport
When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport (February 2011)
Allen Bodner - Author
Budd Schulberg - Foreword by

A vivid portrayal of the important role of Jews in American boxing history, and vice versa.

Boxing was an integral part of American culture during the first half of the twentieth century, second only to baseball in popularity. It was also a heavily Jewish sport—from 1910 to 1940, there were twenty-six Jewish world champions, and during the 1920s and 1930s, almost one-third of all boxers were Jewish. Drawing ...(Read More)
 
 
Blows to the Head
Blows to the Head (December 2009)
How Boxing Changed My Mind
Binnie Klein - Author

A provocative tale of an unlikely contender and her midlife transformation through boxing.

“I peered through the Venetian blinds in our den, with its view of the playground next door, and watched mournfully as the popular girls played softball. I wanted to run fast, hit hard, and wear a cute uniform. These girls seemed to know something about life that I didn’t.”

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My Life at the Gym
My Life at the Gym (December 2009)
Feminist Perspectives on Community through the Body
Jo Malin - Editor

Personal accounts celebrating the place of exercise in women’s lives—and as the site of women’s community.

“Very often, my workouts are the best part of my day,” notes feminist writer Jo Malin. My Life at the Gym celebrates women’s experiences of exercise and the found spaces for this activity as places of community with other women. Neither elite athletes nor dancers, the contributors to this volume a...(Read More)
 
 
The Metrosexual
The Metrosexual (July 2008)
Gender, Sexuality, and Sport
David Coad - Author

Explores the cultural significance of the metrosexual in sports.

How do you explain Dennis Rodman’s dyed hair, tattoos, and pierced body parts? Why are there so many athletes stripping for men’s underwear ads? Besides sport, what do Pat Riley, Alex Rodriguez, and Ian Thorpe have in common? And why has David Beckham been compared to Louis XIV?

In this fascinating exploration of pa...(Read More)
 
 
Olympic Industry Resistance
Olympic Industry Resistance (June 2008)
Challenging Olympic Power and Propaganda
Helen Jefferson Lenskyj - Author

A critical look at the Olympics in the postbribery, post-9/11 era, particularly at consequences for host cities and so-called “Olympic education” for schoolchildren.

Scholar and activist Helen Jefferson Lenskyj continues her critique of the Olympic industry, looking specifically at developments in the post-9/11 and postbribery scandal era. Examining events and activism in host cities, as well as in sev...(Read More)
 
 
Give and Go
Give and Go (March 2008)
Basketball as a Cultural Practice
Thomas Mc Laughlin - Author

A pickup basketball player looks at the pickup game as a distinctive culture using both personal experience and cultural studies theory.

From the city courts of Harlem to the church halls of Indiana, pickup basketball culture is intensely local and reflects the histories and identities of its players. In Give and Go, Thomas Mc Laughlin examines how players put into play a loose set of values and ethical styl...(Read More)

 
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