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Explaining TraditionsFolk Behavior in Modern Culture$
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Simon J. Bronner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134062

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134062.001.0001

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Sporting Tradition: On the Praxis of American Football

Sporting Tradition: On the Praxis of American Football

(p.350) 9 Sporting Tradition: On the Praxis of American Football
Explaining Traditions

Simon J. Bronner

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter evaluates six prevalent interpretations of football's popularity in the United States and suggests that overlooked is the symbolic connection of football for both players and fans to frontier mythology and the psychological use of football as a framed outlet for hypermasculinity in a feminizing modern culture. This analysis also helps explain the sport's lack of diffusion to other continents when compared to baseball and basketball.

Keywords:   football, masculinity, adolescence, sports, frontier, psychoanalytic approach, fan culture

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