Basketball in America: From the Playgrounds to Jordan's Game and Beyond

Examine the social and cultural impact of basketball on America at the amateur and professional levels Basketball in America From the Playgrounds to Jordan s Game and Beyond is a pioneering analysis of the history of basketball and its effect on popular culture from the 1970s to today The popularity of basketball is undeniable, and the subject allows for such a broad ranExamine the social and cultural impact of basketball on America at the amateur and professional levels Basketball in America From the Playgrounds to Jordan s Game and Beyond is a pioneering analysis of the history of basketball and its effect on popular culture from the 1970s to today The popularity of basketball is undeniable, and the subject allows for such a broad range of interpretations in popular culture It cuts across economic, racial, and social boundaries, and its major stars cross over into other forms of popular entertainment than any other professional sport This book examines the entire scope of modern basketball history, from the playgrounds, where people first learn the fundamentals, to the college and professional levels Basketball in America is a collection of essays that explores the intersection of basketball and popular culture in America The contributors are an eclectic mix of writers, scholars, journalists, former players, coaches, and sports enthusiasts who all share an undying love for the game of basketball The authors analyze the sport from a cross cultural and historical perspective digging deep into the profound popular cultural influences of basketball and exploring the scope and depth of its influence This is the first book that examines the social and cultural impact of basketball on American society to reveal how tightly it is woven into America s cultural fabric Also included are photographs and tables to enhance your understanding of the material.Topics covered in Basketball in America include Elgin Baylor the first modern basketball player Chocolate Thunder and Short Shorts The NBA in the 1970sDr J, Bird, Magic, Jordan, and the Bad Boys The NBA in the 1980sThe Jordan Era The NBA in the 1990sLeBron James and the future of the NBAthe Nike brand and popular culture lessons learned from legendary UNC coach Dean Smithprofessional women s basketballand much Basketball in America is a comprehensive analysis that will appeal to anyone interested in understanding how the sport has become an integral part of our national culture It is an insightful read for sports fans as well as for sports historians In addition, this book can be used as a textbook in sports history or sociology of sports classes It will entertain and inform those who treasure basketball and the role it plays in the American consciousness Make it part of your collection today
Basketball in America From the Playgrounds to Jordan s Game and Beyond Examine the social and cultural impact of basketball on America at the amateur and professional levels Basketball in America From the Playgrounds to Jordan s Game and Beyond is a pioneering analysis o

  • Title: Basketball in America: From the Playgrounds to Jordan's Game and Beyond
  • Author: Bob Batchelor Martin J. Manning
  • ISBN: 9780789016126
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Basketball in America: From the Playgrounds to Jordan's Game and Beyond”

    1. Some essays were certainly better than others (David Friedman's look at the 1970s was superb). But on the whole, this book demonstrated how the NBA reflects pop culture. Certainly recommended.

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