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Rooting for the Home Team

Edited by Daniel A. Nathan

Published by University of Illinois Press

Published in print May 2013 | ISBN: 9780252037610
Published online April 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780252094859 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5406/illinois/9780252037610.001.0001
Rooting for the Home Team

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This book examines how various American communities create and maintain a sense of collective identity through sports. It explores the complicated, double-edged process of inclusion and exclusion, of rooting for the home team. Looking at different American communities, large cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, and Los Angeles as well as small rural towns, suburbs, and college towns, the book considers the idea that rooting for local athletes and home teams often symbolizes a community's preferred understanding of itself, and that doing so is an expression of connectedness, public pride and pleasure, and personal identity. The book demonstrates how sport brings people together yet also contributes to separation, misunderstanding, and antagonism. Some of the wide-ranging chapters point out that financial interests also play a significant role in encouraging fan bases, and modern media have made every seasonal sport into yearlong obsessions. Celebrities show up for big games, politicians throw out first pitches, and taxpayers pay plenty for new stadiums and arenas. The book covers a range of professional and amateur athletics, including teams in basketball, football, baseball, and even the phenomenon of no-glove softball.

Keywords: sport; identity; athletes; home team; no-glove softball; basketball; football; baseball; community

Book.  248 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure

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Introduction in Rooting for the Home Team

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Basketball and Magic in “Middletown” in Rooting for the Home Team

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The Biggest “Classic” of Them All in Rooting for the Home Team

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Football Town under Friday Night Lights in Rooting for the Home Team

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Girls’ Six-Player Basketball in Rooting for the Home Team

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Chicago’s Game in Rooting for the Home Team

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The Baltimore Blues in Rooting for the Home Team

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The Voice of Los Angeles in Rooting for the Home Team

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We Believe in Rooting for the Home Team

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