From NASCAR Nation to Pat Tillman: Notes on sport and the politics of White cultural nationalism in post-9/11 America

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The author offers some developing thoughts on a domestic White cultural nationalism that emerged from the ashes of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001. More specifically, the author reads the November 10, 2003, National Review cover story and the media spectacle made of Pat Tillman' s death in 2004 while serving in President Bush' s war on terror in the Afghanistan theater as expressions, and producers, of a reactionary White cultural nationalism that emerged in post-9/11 America. In articulating this National Review cover story about NASCAR with the media spectacle made of Pat Tillman' s death and life, one will be able to see how sport - particularly media discourses about sport figures and formations - is being mobilized in post-9/11 America to express, naturalize, and garner public consent for this reactionary form of White cultural nationalism. © 2007 Sage Publications.

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Journal of Sport and Social Issues