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

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4    Physical (Bio)Pedagogies of the Self

The Valorized Neoliberal Corpus &the Post-9/11 Pariah

Whereas the militarized body politic has, arguably, become the leitmotif for the sporting popular, within this chapter, focus shifts to comprehending the interplay between television, sport (in the form of being physically active), and the valorized and normalized post-9/11 citizen / corpus. That is, sitting alongside the militarized body politic, so clearly appropriated within televised sport coverage, is another revered corpus: that of the all-consuming, fit, toned, and economically functional neoliberal American citizen. Of course, the antithesis of this “body that matters”—to borrow a phrase from Judith Butler (1993)—is that of the demonized and ...

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