Militarism and Memorializing at the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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More than ever, entertainment industries work in concert with the US armed forces in the rhetorical production of militarism. This is especially the case in sport, where leagues such as the National Football League routinely make war imagery and military personnel a focal point of football culture. One such iteration of this relationship is the “Pro Football and the American Spirit” exhibit that is part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Understood as an example of public memory, this exhibit reveals sport's capacity to normalize war and reduce the available models of citizenship in the United States.

Keywords: Militarism; Pro Football Hall of Fame; Public Memory; Rhetoric of Sport; War

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2012

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