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The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal

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Perhaps the best golfer ever, Tiger Woods rocketed to the top of a once whites-only sport. Endorsements made him a global brand and the world’s richest athlete. The child of a multiracial marriage, Woods and his blond, blue-eyed wife, Elin Nordegren, seemed to represent a new postracial America. Then, in late 2009, Woods became embroiled in a sex scandal that made ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 12th 2011 by Duke University Press Books (first published November 1st 2011)
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Dec 15, 2011 Kristen rated it really liked it
This is a terrifically entertaining book that fits together the disparate subjects of golf, celebrity, scandal, and race as neatly as a jigsaw puzzle. The writing is magazine style, rather than the academic dryness you might expect from a professor of anthropology -- but then again, this is the professor of anthropology who organized the first and only conference devoted to Tiger.

Orin Starn admits his bias from the get-go: he golfs. Beyond that, the book feels like an open-minded and wide-rangi
Jun 25, 2013 Alan rated it it was ok
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I read this in connection with Coursera program on Sports and Society. The book has some discussion of race, celebrity, and fans and there are interesting points, but I can't recommend it. A lot of it os trivial, the writing too heavy with adjectives. It seems shallow. The "passion" is coded as suffering of Jesus on the cross as well as the intensity of a competitor.
Aug 30, 2013 Michelle added it
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This book is an anthropologists view of golf, racism, infidelity etc.
I was hoping to get a look into what drives Tiger Woods, but I didn't find it in this book.
I found the title somewhat misleading.
A book for the golf crazy or star struck
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“An in-depth study of the sport's exclusionary reputation, the celebrity industry, racial stereotypes, marketing and media avarice, Starn's treatment of the Woods scandal delivers layers of perspective to what, on the surface, was just another cheap tabloid feeding frenzy.”--John Jeansonne, Newsday
Mar 11, 2013 Jon rated it it was ok
Author practically ignored the whole situation and sorta shrugged it off. Was more interested in how people (white people) treated poor Tiger so poorly.
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I have read as much of this book as I am ever going to - roughly 3/4 of total book - Cultural Anthropology
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Orin Starn is Professor and Chair of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He is the author of Nightwatch: The Politics of Protest in the Andes and a co-editor of The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics, both also published by Duke University Press. His most recent book is the award-winning Ishi’s Brain: In Search of America’s Last “Wild” Indian. An avid golfer with a five handicap, Starn ...more
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