Sport films have been central to American cinema, playing an increasingly important role in the communication of a commonsense understanding of race, gender, class, history, and social relations. Oddly, scholars have neglected sport films and their significance. Offering a comparative, theoretically grounded, and interdisciplinary approach,
Visual Economies of/in Motion marks a novel and important point of departure in sport studies and cultural studies. It brings together a dozen essays on feature films and documentaries to probe the articulation of ideologies and identities, play and power, and sporting worlds and social fields.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2006. X, 274 pp.
Contents: David J. Leonard/C. Richard King: Screening the Social: An Introduction to Sport Cinema – W.R. Marshall/Julio Rodriguez:
Floating: Surfing and Signification – Michael D. Giardina: Bending it like Beckham in the Global Popular: Stylish Hybridity,
Performativity, and the Politics of Representation – Grant Farred: The Double Temporality of Lagaan: Cultural Struggle
and Postcolonialism – C. Keith Harrison: From Boyz (N the Hood) to Men: Cultural Perceptions of AfricanAmerican «Ballers»
and «Scholar Ballers» in Higher Education – Jared Sexton: The Field of Fantasy and the Court of Appeal: On Friday Night
Lights and Coach Carter – C. Richard King: Vanishing Points: Reframing Indianness in Recent Sport Documentaries
– Kyle W. Kusz: Dogtown and Z-Boys: White Particularity and the New, New Cultural Racism – David J. Leonard:
«Is This Heaven?» White Sporting Masculinities and the Hollywood Imagination – Dave Zirin: Crass Slipper Fits Cinderella
Man – Holly Kruse: Media, Marketing, and Memory: Sport Promotion and Seabiscuit – C. Richard King/David J. Leonard:
Epilogue: Why Sports Films Matter; Or, Refusing a Happy Ending – David J. Leonard/C. Richard King: Appendix. Teaching Sport
Film: Pedagogic Resources.