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Baseball and Social Class

Essays on the Democratic Game That Isn't

Baseball and Social Class by Ronald E. Kates
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This collection of fresh essays examines the intersection of baseball and social class, pointing to the conclusion that America's game, infused from its origins with a democratic mythos and founded on high-minded principles of meritocracy, is nonetheless fraught with problematic class contradictions. Each essayist has explored how class standing has influenced some aspect of the game as experienced by those who play it, those who watch it, those who write about it, and those who market it. The topic of class is an amorphous one and in tying it to baseball the contributors have considered matters of race, education, locality, integration, assimilation, and cultural standing. These elements are crucial to understanding how baseball creates, preserves, reinforces and occasionally assails class divisions among those who watch, play, and own the game.
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers; November 2012
207 pages; ISBN 9781476600888
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Title: Baseball and Social Class
Author: Ronald E. Kates; Warren Tormey