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Chapter 14: Panic Sport and the Racialized Masculine Body

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Panic Sport and the Racialized Masculine Body
Panic sport and the racialized masculine body
The Politics of Sporting Bodies

With the advent of consumer capitalism and what might loosely be called postmodern culture, human bodies have become an increasingly visible locus of personal needs and desires. By the manipulation of general appearance, adoption of fashion codes, bodily adornment, calculated nutrition, physical conditioning regimes, and so on, the projection of body images into the social realm has taken on renewed (although hardly unprecedented) importance (Featherstone, Hep worth, & Turner, 1991; Kirk, 1993; Shilling, 1993). Human bodies also constitute a site of struggle over symbolic and material rewards between dominant and subordinate groups. Ultimately, social control is exercised through direct bodily coercion or the threat of it, or by ...

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