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This collection illustrates the expansiveness of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sport. While rooted in anthropology, these essays consider American sports in their social, economic, cultural and political aspects, charting their evolution. The book draws from history, sociology, and political science; as well as considering the relationship between the developed and developing world; and culture and masculinity.
The first part of the book considers the local and global interplay of professional baseball, covering:
- Major League Baseball's impact on the Dominican Republic
- nationalism and baseball on the Mexican/US border
- the globalizing forces of baseball as an industry.
The second part of the book is concerned with the cultural examination of the responsiveness of masculinity to social and cultural forces, examining:
- the exaggerated world of bodybuilders in Southern California
- the cross-cultural comparisons of male behaviour on a bi-national baseball team in Mexico
- the historical examination of Jews in American sport.
This book was previously published as a special issue of Sport in Society
As the only female member of the Hellfire Riders, I've fought for everything I have. But now I'm going to lose it all
One stupid bet made years ago is going to ruin me. I'd forgotten all about it - but the Riders' warlord hasn't. Now the club's most dangerous member is determined to collect his winnings: a night in my bed.
But it's not me that Jack Hayden wants. He's been trying to get rid of me since I patched in. He thinks I'm weak. He thinks I'm vulnerable. The only possible reason he's following through on this bet is to try and tear me down in front of our brothers. So I won't let him get to me, no matter how much pleasure he gives. I'll never crave his touch
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