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Author Butterworth, Michael L.
Title Baseball and rhetorics of purity : the national pastime and American identity during the war on terror / Michael L. Butterworth.
Imprint Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, [2010]

Series Rhetoric, culture, and social critique
Rhetoric, culture, and social critique.
Subject Baseball -- Social aspects -- United States.
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 233 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-227) and index.
Contents Introduction: Rhetoric and the American game -- Ritual in the "church of baseball" : performing patriotism at the ballpark -- "Baseball as America" : nostalgia and public memory through the national pastime -- Purifying the body politic : steroids and the rhetorical cleansing of baseball -- Headed for home : bringing baseball back to the nation's capital -- Making the world safe for baseball : American mission and the World Baseball Classic -- Conclusion: Reconstituting the national pastime.
Summary Baseball has long been considered America's "national pastime," touted variously as a healthy diversion, a symbol of national unity, and a model of democratic inclusion. But, according to Michael Butterworth, such favorable rhetoric belies baseball's complicity in the rhetorical construction of a world defined by good and evil. Baseball and Rhetorics of Purity is an investigation into the culture and mythology of baseball, a study of its limits and failures, and an invitation to remake the game in a more democratic way. It pays special attention to baseball's role in the reconstruction.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed September 6, 2013).
ISBN 9780817383978 (electronic bk.)
0817383972 (electronic bk.)
9780817317102 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0817317104 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 761477347
Additional Format Print version: 9780817383978 0817383972 (DLC) 2010005579 (OCoLC)522429350