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Rooting for the Home Team – Sport, Community, and Identity - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Rooting for the Home Team: Sport, Community, and Identity

Daniel A. Nathan


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 plea ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037610
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037610.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel A. Nathan, editor
Skidmore College

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