Sporting Tradition: On the Praxis of American Football

Simon J. Bronner

in Explaining Traditions

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134062
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135885 | DOI:
Sporting Tradition: On the Praxis of American Football

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This chapter evaluates six prevalent interpretations of football's popularity in the United States and suggests that overlooked is the symbolic connection of football for both players and fans to frontier mythology and the psychological use of football as a framed outlet for hypermasculinity in a feminizing modern culture. This analysis also helps explain the sport's lack of diffusion to other continents when compared to baseball and basketball.

Keywords: football; masculinity; adolescence; sports; frontier; psychoanalytic approach; fan culture

Chapter.  17185 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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