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Rooting for the Home TeamSport, Community, and Identity$
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Daniel A. Nathan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037610

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037610.001.0001

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Football Town under Friday Night Lights

Football Town under Friday Night Lights

High School Football and American Dreams

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(p.68) 4. Football Town under Friday Night Lights
Source:
Rooting for the Home Team
Author(s):

Michael Oriard

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037610.003.0005

This chapter traces the history of two competing views about the role of high school football in American communities: the “Football Town” and the “Friday Night Lights syndrome.” “Friday Night Lights” was named after H. G. Bissinger's 1990 book Friday Night Lights, a journalistic account of football at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. “Football Town” originated from a series of portraits in popular magazines in the 1940s and 1950s. The chapter first provides a background on interscholastic football before discussing how the high school football game's place in the local community began to take on larger meanings when the national media began paying attention to it in the late 1930s.

Keywords:   high school football, Football Town, Friday Night Lights, H. G. Bissinger, Permian High School, popular magazines, media, community, interscholastic football, Friday Night Lights

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