Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations
DAVID C. OGDEN (EDITOR), JOEL NATHAN ROSEN (EDITOR), JACK LULE (AFTERWORD)
What do Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and Jim Thorpe have in common? The reputations of these twentieth-century athletes have risen, making them cultural icons, as social perceptions of race have changed. The essays in Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations, edited by Joel Nathan Rosen, assistant professor of sociology, and David C. Ogden, associate professor of communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, analyze the myths that surround these and other sports stars, stripping away the stereotypes that trivialize their true achievements.