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The Cultural Politics of Post-9/11 American Sport by Michael Silk

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2   Localized Sporting Spectacle

Hope, Heroes, & Homeland

Within this chapter, I begin the exploration of the sporting popular in the post-9/11 period by thinking through the very active processes through which the nation—at least as a cultural entity—is conjured up. To do so requires understanding the continued resonance of the nation in a globalized world and the role of key individuals—cultural intermediaries, media professionals, politicians, celebrity performers—in the active constitution of national culture. From that juncture, I turn to the initial ‘knee-jerk’ reactions to 9/11, highlighting the important relationships among sport, television, and the state in (re)defining the nation, coming to terms with 9/11, providing ‘official’ understandings ...

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