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

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3   Militarized Sporting Spectacle

The Post-9/11 Patriarchal Body Politic

As argued in the previous chapter, the sporting spectacles that took place in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 appropriated US corporo-political needs, opining a myopic expression of American jingoism, militarism, and geopolitical domination that provided citizens with the tools through which to make sense of 9/11. Importantly, and even though emotive, affective, and thus highly pedagogic and political texts, these expressions of nation were also part of the commercial production process. That is, embedded within a spectacular society, these texts were commodities that deployed the power to shape national identities and subjectivities (Giroux, 2000b; Hall, 1997). Such a ...

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