Sport films have been central to American cinema, playing an increasingly important role in the communication of a commonsense understanding of race, gender, class, history, and social relations. Oddly, scholars have neglected sport films and their significance. Offering a comparative, theoretically grounded, and interdisciplinary approach, Visual Ecomies of/in Motion marks a vel and important point of departure in sport studies and cultural studies. It brings together a dozen essays on feature films and documentaries to probe the articulation of ideologies and identities, play and power, and sporting worlds and social fields.
The Editors: C. Richard King, Associate Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies at Washington State University, has written extensively on the changing contours of race in post-civil rights America, the colonial legacies and postcolonial predicaments of American culture, and struggles over Indianness in public culture. He received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the author/editor of several books, including Team Spirits: The Native American Mascot Controversy (a CHOICE 2001 Outstanding Academic Title) and Postcolonial America. David J. Leonard is Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at Washington State University. He received his Ph.D. in ethnic studies from the University of California at Berkeley. He has written on sports, video games, film, and social movements, appearing in both popular and academic mediums.