Game Day and God: Football, Faith, and Politics in the American South

Game Day and God: Football, Faith, and Politics in the American South
Author: Eric Bain-Selbo
Language English
Pages: 253
ISBN10: 0881461555
Genre: Uncategorized
Goodreads Rating: 4.00
ISBN13: 9780881461558
Published: September 1st 2009 by Mercer University Press

Game Day and God: Football, Faith, and Politics in the American South takes seriously the often-stated assertion that college football in the South is a religion. To this end, Eric Bain-Selbo draws upon a wide range of theoretical approaches in religious studies and cultural criticism.

He also relies upon field research to several campuses in the Southeastern Conference where he interviewed fans and experienced "game day." Consequently, the author is able to make the case that college football does function religiously for many people in the South. In addition, the author introduces key concepts and theories of religion and culture to a general audience. Game Day and God also recounts the role that college football has played in Southern history and culture. Going back as far as the Civil War, the work explains the cultural meaning of college football in the South, delivering a much needed critical perspective to the subject.