Sport Stars: The Cultural Politics of Sporting Celebrity

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new strategies of self-empowerment and self-definition. It is here, then, that the text of Lara's personal journey should be read and understood.


Notes
1
This thesis is best represented in the classic work of C.L.R James, Beyond aBoundary. London; Hutchinson, 1963; also, Cricket. London; Allison and Busby, 1989.
2
See Brian Stoddart, "Cricket and colonialism in the English-speaking Caribbean to 1914: towards a cultural analysis". In Hilary Beckles and Brian Stoddart (eds), Liberation Cricket: West Indies Cricket Culture. London: Manchester University Press, 1995.
3
See Hilary Beckles, The Development of West Indies Cricket: Vol. 1, The Age ofNationalism. London: Pluto, 1999.
4
This discussion is set out in Michael Manley, A History of West Indies Cricket. London: André Deutsch, 1988.
5
See Hilary Beckles, The Development of West Indies Cricket: Vol. 2, The Age ofGlobalisation. London: Pluto, 1999.
6
Ibid.
7
Colin Croft, "Brian Lara: prince or king?" CricInfo Interactive Magazine, April 2, 1999; Peter Roebuck, "How our man in Washington made Lara a winner again". Electronic Telegraph, April 4, 1999.
8
See Beckles, The Development of West Indies Cricket, Vol. 2; Vijay Lokapally, "Brian Lara out on a mission". The Hindu, May 19, 1996.
9
No player in the history of West Indies cricket has ever received the high level of income from sponsorship and other commercial sources as Lara, not even his mentor and friend, the incomparable Sir Garfield Sobers. This had given him a unique sense of his autonomy with respect to his employers, the West Indies Cricket Board, with whom he has had numerous contests, most, if not all, of which he has won.
10
See June Soomer, "Cricket and the origins of Federation Organisation". In Hilary Beckles (ed.), An Area of Conquest: Popular Democracy and West Indies CricketSupremacy. Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 1994; also Christine Cummings, "The ideology of West Indies cricket". Arena Review, 14, 1, 1990.
11
Angus Wilkie, Daily Nation (Barbados), April 10, 1996.
12
Pamela Nicholson, the Minister of Sport in Trinidad and Tobago, made this point and went on to state that west Indies cricket does not belong to the West Indies Cricket Board but to the people, and that they should now stand up and speak out with respect to what is good for cricket. Cited in Caribbean Cricket Quarterly (CCR), Jan/March, 1996, p. 9.
13
See Wes Hall, "Manager's Report on the Tour to England, 1995", serialized in the Trinidad Guardian, December 8 and 12, 1995; on the issue of Lara's litigation with the WICB, see Daily Nation (Barbados), Dec. 5, 1995; see also Brian Lara, Beatingthe Field: My Own Story. London: Corgi, 1996, pp. 45, 64-5, 223-6.
14
See Tony Cozier on Lara, CCR, Jan/March, 1996, p. 7; Hayden Gill, "Not cricket", Daily Nation (Barbados), March 4, 2000; also the editorial for that day, "Carnival over cricket, Mr Lara?". The statement by Lara that cricket had ruined his life is recorded in manager Hall's tour report.
15
Ibid.
16
Cited in The Barbados Advocate, December 6, 1995.
17
All citations from CCR, Jan/March 1996, p. 8.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • Bibliography 17
  • 1 - Michael Jordan 20
  • Bibliography 34
  • 2 - Excursions into Otherness 36
  • Notes 48
  • Bibliography 49
  • 3 - Andre Agassi and Generation X 51
  • Bibliography 68
  • 4 - America's New Son 70
  • 5 - From "Child's Play" to "Party Crasher" 87
  • Bibliography 99
  • 6 - Postmodern Blackness and the Celebrity Sports Star 102
  • 7 - Evil Genie or Pure Genius? 124
  • Notes 136
  • 8 - Punishment, Redemption and Celebration in the Popular Press 138
  • 9 - The Spectacle of a Heroic Life 151
  • 10 - Gretzky Nation 164
  • 11 - Hideo Nomo 187
  • 12 - Global Hingis 201
  • 13 - Nyandika Maiyoro and Kipchoge Keino 218
  • 14 - Imran Khan 231
  • 15 - Brian Lara 243
  • Notes 255
  • 16 - Cathy Freeman 257
  • Index 271
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