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They Will Have Their GameSporting Culture and the Making of the Early American Republic$
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Kenneth Cohen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705496

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705496.001.0001

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Change and Persistence

(p.245) Epilogue
They Will Have Their Game

Kenneth Cohen

Cornell University Press

The Epilogue surveys continuities and changes in sporting culture since 1860. While recognizing the increasing inclusion of white women and African Americans over the course of the twentieth century, recent attendance statistics indicate the continued centrality of white male audiences. In addition, recent psychological, sociological, and anthropological studies suggest that the motives behind male audience participation have remained shockingly similar to the status-based concerns over masculinity that motivated men in early America. Given the importance of manhood, the remaining privilege of whiteness, and the return of the so-called “sportification” of politics over the last twenty years, the epilogue concludes by suggesting how sporting culture contributed to the rise of Donald Trump.

Keywords:   Masculinity, Status, Class, Race, Popular Music, Mass Media, Audiences, Sportification, Donald Trump, Politics

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