Artificial Ice: Hockey, Culture, and Commerce
Artificial Ice explores how hockey has moved from popular pastime to commercial entertainment product, and one struggling to maintain its stature in the North American entertainment market. Contributors to Artificial Ice discuss the changing character of "major league" sports in North America, the strategic mistakes of the NHL in trying to enlarge its US presence, the importance of television to the economics of sports today, and the role of luxury sports facilities in the new "downtown" economy. The book highlights profound social and cultural changes within hockey, as well as in the global market for sporting spectacles.
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- Page Count: 288 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
The one-two punch of David Whitson and Richard Gruneau is fast gaining the reputation of being the academic equivalent of the New York Islanders' prolific on-ice tandem of Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy. Following upon their ealier collaboration, Hockey Night in Canada, the duo assembled a gifted cast of academics to write Artificial Ice. The final product is a set of twelve well-crafted essays that are informative and insightful. This edited volume shows the cultural implications of hockey, not only in Canada but globally, as well as the economic and political side of the sport.
American Review of Canadian Studies
No one reveals the layered, culturally constructed experiences and meanings of hockey more comprehensively and insightfully than David Whitson and Rick Gruneau. In Artificial Ice, they have recruited a top-flight team to make sense of the transformations and debates of the last decade, and the changing place of hockey in Canadian culture and the international political economy. It's a gold medal performance.
Brude Kidd, Dean, Faculty of Physical Education and Health, University of Toronto
David Whitson and Richard Gruneau have long been known as two of the most sophisticated and insightful analysts of North American sport in general, and Canadian hockey in particular. In Artificial Ice, they have collected some of the top scholars of hockey to further deepen our understanding of the economies and cultural meanings of hockey in Canada, while broadening the scope of analysis to take into account processes of internationalization and globalization.
Michael A. Messner, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California
The sport of hockey continues to enjoy a place of cultural significance for men and women, young and old. Having written the ground-breaking scholarly book on hockey, two of Canada's leading sociologists edit this volume, which tackles an array of important issues in Canadian culture and beyond. Artificial Ice actively engages current social debates, in part made possible by Whitson and Gruneau in Hockey Night in Canada.
Kevin B. Wamsley, PhD, Associate Dean, Programs, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario
In 1993, Gruneau and Whitson published Hockey Night in Canada, a provocative analysis that rivals the best in any sport, anywhere, anytime. Now they are back, with an all-star cast of commentators. Rev up that Zamboni. Even the most hardened of hockey fans and critics will find something new in Artificial Ice.
Stephen Hardy, Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of New Hampshire
David Whitson is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. He is co-author, with Richard Gruneau, of the widely acclaimed Hockey Night in Canada: Sport, Identities, and Cultural Politics (Garamond Press, 1993).
Richard Gruneau is a Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. In addition to co-authoring Hockey Night in Canada, he is the author of Class, Sports, and Social Development (University of Massachusetts Press, 1983).
Table of contents
Foreword, Roy MacGregor
Part I: Hockey in Contemporary Canadian Culture
1. Whose Sweater Is This? The Changing Meanings of Hockey in Quebec
2. Selective Memory in a Global Culture: Reconsidering Links between Youth, Hockey, and Canadian Identity
3. The Game of Whose Lives? Gender, Race, and Entitlement in Canada's "National" Game
Mary Louise Adams
4. Women's Hockey in Canada: After the "Gold Rush"
5. Hockey Canada and the Bodychecking Debate in Minor Hockey
Michael Robidoux and Pierre Trudel
6. Racialization and Hockey in Canada: From Personal Troubles to a Canadian Challenge
Part II: The Political Economy of Hockey
7. Playing with the Big Boys: Smaller Markets, Competitive Balance, and the Hope for a Championship Team
8. Hockey Night in the United States? The NHL, Major League Sports, and the Evolving Television/Media Marketplace
Robert Bellamy and Kelly Shultz
9. Expanding the Footprint? Questioning the NHL's Expansion and Relocation Strategy
10. From Maple Leaf Gardens to the Air Canada Centre: The Downtown Entertainment Economy in "World Class" Toronto
11. Have Skates, Will Travel: Canada, International Hockey, and the Changing Hockey Labour Market
12. Globalization in Professional Sport: Comparisons and Contrasts between Hockey and European Football
Subjects and Courses