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The Athletic Crusade: Sport and American Cultural Imperialism (Paperback)
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The Athletic Crusade: Sport and American Cultural Imperialism (Paperback)

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Paperback 238 Pages / Published: 01/05/2012
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The Athletic Crusade is the first book to systematically analyze the role of sports in the expansion of U.S. empire from the 1890s through World War II. Gerald R. Gems details how white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant males set the standard for inclusion within American society, transferred that standard to foreign territories, and subtly used American sports to instill allegedly desirable racial, moral, and commercial virtues in colonial subjects. In the realm of such expansion, sports provided a less harsh, less militaristic means of instilling belief in a dominant system's values and principles than more overt methods such as war.

The process of change, however, had unexpected consequences as subordinate groups adapted or even rejected American overtures. Sport became a means for nonwhites to challenge whiteness, Social Darwinism, and cultural hegemony by establishing their own physical prowess, claiming a measure of esteem, and creating a greater sense of national identity. Gems shows the direct influence of sports in Hawaii, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic and explores their comparatively minimal influence in countries such as China and Japan.

Amid increasing globalization, The Athletic Crusade offers a welcome perspective on how the United States has attempted to spread its influence in the past and the implications for the future of indigenous and other societies.


Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803245334
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 364 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Gems has produced a brisk, provocative, clearly written history of the role of sport in US foreign engagements. . . . This is a lucid and valuable study."-Choice * Choice *
"Gems is careful to examine each nation and its own experiences and not lump the globe together in a one effort/one reaction model. The study of sport imperialism is not new. Gems provides the largest and most detailed examination of American involvement in this process, and the organization of his book readily allows for nation by nation comparisons of imperialist techniques and reactions. The book is of obvious interest to sport scholars but also those whose interest include sociology, politics, and military history."-Aethlon: Journal of the Sport Literature Association
* Aethlon: Journal of the Sport Literature Association *
"Gems has done a great service to all those interested in the role of sport in the imperial adventures of the United States. He has offered a devastating analysis of the American imperial enterprise and has demonstrated the significant role of sport both for the conquering power and for those who tried to resist the imperial intrusion."-Journal of American History
* Journal of American History *
"[The Athletic Crusade is] an important contribution to our understanding of the international ramifications of American sports."-Aram Goudsouzian, American Studies Journal -- Aram Goudsouzian * American Studies Journal *

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