‘Beckham studies,’ the graduate seminar

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David Beckham‘s capacity to generate cultural comment (see Nov 20, Nov 7 and Jul 16 for three recent examples) and to bolster the CVs of tenure-track academics continues. UK- and France-based researchers Patricia Gaya Wicks, Agnes Nairn and Christine Griffin in the current Consumption, Markets and Culture choose Beckham for a case study on how the commodification of celebrities affects children’s moral development.

“What does this mean,” the authors write, “for children’s understanding of a global media culture which revolves around a culture of spectacle and commodified celebrity?” We should expect numerous citations to the late Jean Baudrillard.

About the Author

John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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