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Tackling Representations of Football in Friday Night Lights

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dc.contributor.advisor Foss, Katie en_US Austin, Jared Glen en_US 2015-06-12T19:07:41Z 2015-06-12T19:07:41Z 2015-04-08 en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract en_US
dc.description.abstract Football is an American sport celebrated by passionate fans nation-wide. Media outlets have boosted football to its prominent status of popularity in our culture today. One example is high school football portrayed through a television drama. Friday Night Lights is a critically acclaimed television series which first premiered on NBC in 2006. The show portrays high school football in the state of Texas. This study attempts a qualitative examination of the show's representation of high school football. Overall, Friday Night Lights depicts the passion and importance of high school football in a small-town community. The findings reveal representations of coach-player relationship, football injuries, and the negative impact of drug use. Findings also reveal football discourses for academics and budget vs. football, identity, community, and racial stereotypes. The representations and discourses in this television series may offer insight into the culture of high school football as it relates to communities, educators, and players involved in the sport. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Academic en_US
dc.subject Coach en_US
dc.subject Community en_US
dc.subject Football en_US
dc.subject Injury en_US
dc.subject Steroid en_US
dc.title Tackling Representations of Football in Friday Night Lights en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Bratten, Clare en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Marcellus, Jane en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.umi Sports management en_US
dc.subject.umi Education en_US M.S. en_US
dc.contributor.department Mass Communications en_US

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