Rooting for the Home Team: Sport, Community, and Identity
Daniel Nathan, ed., University of Illinois Press
Rooting for the Home Team, edited by Daniel Nathan, an American Studies professor at Skidmore College, was long overdue when it came out in 2013. The field of sports history had been waiting for a comprehensive volume on the intersections of sport, community, and identity since at least the early 1980s. At the time—the early days of the so-called “new sports history”—the formation of sporting communities received a modicum of academic attention (Rader, 1977; Hardy, 1984; Holt, 1986), only to be eclipsed in the 1990s by studies on gender, race, and ideology in sports. This may be partly explained by the vagueness of the word “community” and the lack of scholarly consensus as to its meaning and manifestations.