Muhammad Ali: Trickster in the Culture of Irony - Lemert, Charles
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This absorbing book unravels the reasons for the enduring respect and reverence that Muhammad Ali commands long after the end of his athletic career. It will appeal to those teaching and studying cultural studies, social theory, sports studies, and sociology, as well as to general readers interested in Muhammad Ali. A probing account of Muhammad Ali's life, which also examines the man's celebrity and his importance in global history. The first book to unravel the reasons for the enduring respect and reverence that Muhammad Ali commands long after the end of his athletic career. Traces the key…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This absorbing book unravels the reasons for the enduring respect and reverence that Muhammad Ali commands long after the end of his athletic career. It will appeal to those teaching and studying cultural studies, social theory, sports studies, and sociology, as well as to general readers interested in Muhammad Ali. A probing account of Muhammad Ali's life, which also examines the man's celebrity and his importance in global history. The first book to unravel the reasons for the enduring respect and reverence that Muhammad Ali commands long after the end of his athletic career. Traces the key controversies and significant events, from Ali's first announcement of his membership in the Nation of Islam, through his courageous refusal to fight in Vietnam, to his spiritual calm in the face of crippling disease. Offers an original and compelling theory of the celebrity in postmodern society.
  • Produktdetails
  • Celebrities (Paperback)
  • Verlag: BLACKWELL PUBL
  • Seitenzahl: 215
  • Erscheinungstermin: Oktober 2003
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 228mm x 154mm x 19mm
  • Gewicht: 329g
  • ISBN-13: 9780745628714
  • ISBN-10: 0745628710
  • Artikelnr.: 13590925
Autorenporträt
Charles Lemert is Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University.
Inhaltsangabe
1. From the Beginnings : GG is Gonna Whip Everybody.

2. Celebrity, Tricks, and Culture: Float like a Butterfly, Stinglike a Bee.

3. Trickster Queers the World: I Don't Have to Be What YouWant Me to Be.

4. The Irony of Global Cultures: No Viet Cong ever Called meNigger.

5. Coming Home to the Heart of Darkness: When we were Kings.

6. Trickster Bodies and Cultural Death: You'll Die One DaySo Better Get Ready.

Ali and the World: A Chronology.

Notes.

Acknowledgments.

Index.
Rezensionen
"A brilliant meditation on celebrity and spectatorship and anastute cultural analysis of race and sport, Charles Lemert'sMuhammad Ali is also an affectionate biography of one of themost significant figures of our age." Barry Glassner, Universityof Southern California, author of The Culture of Fear

"Ali's fame was launched on the tide of his astonishing athleticprowess, but it was borne along by the spurting cross-currents ofculture, race and politics which boiled so fiercely during the1960s and 1970s. Lemert is excellent on Ali in relation to thesecross-currents, but he also dares to dive deeper, into the secretwaters of myth, totem and taboo which still underlie more of humanthought and feeling than we may like to admit ... This is aremarkably interesting and re-readable essay." FinancialTimes