Out of Bounds is a collection of essays that regards the media representation of professional sports through the lens of cultural studies. Editors Aaron Baker and Todd Boyd contend that the popularity of sports derives t simply from their appeal as leisure entertainment but from their contribution to discussion of larger issues of class, race, gender, and masculinity. Essays in the collection challenge media wisdom about the apolitical nature of sports by examining how they contribute to the contested process of defining social identities. Included within a broad range of works are `Never Trust a Snake': WWF Wrestling as Masculine Melodrama, (Henry Jenkins), Mike Tyson and the Perils of Discursive Constraints: Boxing, Race and The Assumption of Guilt (John Sloop), and Visible Difference and Flex Appeal: The Body, Sex, Sexuality, and Race in the Pumping Iron Films (Christine Holmlund).
Aaron Baker teaches in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program at Arizona State University. He is currently working on a book about sports in American film and television. Todd Boyd, Assistant Professor of Critical Studies at the USC School of Cinema-Television, has published in numerous journals, and is the author of Am I Black Enough for You? (in this catalog).