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The Power of Sports: Media and Spectacle in American Culture

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Haridakis, Paul M. and Adam C. Earnheardt. Sports Mania: Essays on Fandom and the Media in the 21st Century. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2014.

Higgs, Robert J. God in the Stadium: Sports and Religion in America. Lexington, K.Y.: University Press of Kentucky, 2015. 

Jarvie, Grant. Sport, Culture, and Society. New York: Routledge, 2012. 

Serazio, Michael. The Power of Sports: Media and Spectacle in American Culture. New York: NYU Press, 2019. 


MacArthur, Heather J. and Stephanie A. Shields. “There’s No Crying in Baseball, or Is There? Male Athletes, Tears, and Masculinity in North America”. Emotion Review 7, no. 1 (Winter 2014): 39-46.                                                               

Serazio, Michael. “The Elementary Forms of Sports Fandom: A Durkheimian Exploration of Team Myths, Kinship, and Totemic Rituals”. Communication and Sport 1, no. 4 (Fall 2012): 303-325. 

Serazio, Michael. “When the Sportswriters Go Marching In: Sports Journalism, Collective Trauma, and Memory Metaphors.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 27, no. 2 (Spring 2010): 155–73.

Thorson, Emily A. and Michael Serazio. “Sports Fandom and Political Attitudes.” Public Opinion Quarterly 82, no. 2 (Summer 2018): 391–403.