6    Empire Games

Neo-Imperialism & the Axis of Evil

As indicated in the introduction to this book, one of the epistemological undercurrents that runs through the sporting popular in the post-9/11 period rhetoric is the ‘curriculum’ of humanity: a binary logic that pronounced an ‘us’ and a ‘them.’ For if, through the reassertion of heroes, neo-liberal ‘normalcy,’ exceptional superiority, and a militarized masculinity, ‘we’ are able to paint ourselves as human, moral, and civilized, the binary opposite (ignored or de-animated in Miracle and explained in relation to the exceptional US at the Little League World Series) is the process of ‘otherization,’ a distinctly non-Western depiction of ‘they’: mad, deranged, lunatic terrorists of whom ‘we’ ...

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