With the Boys (Paperback)

Little League Baseball and Preadolescent Culture

By Gary Alan Fine

University of Chicago Press, 9780226249377, 304pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 1987

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What are boys like? Who is the creature inhabiting the twilight zone between the perils of the Oedipus complex and the Strum und Drang of puberty? In With the Boys, Gary Alan Fine examines the American male preadolescent by studying the world of Little League baseball. Drawings on three years of firsthand observation of five Little Leagues, Fine describes how, through organized sport and its accompanying activities, boys learn to play, work, and generally be "men."

About the Author

Gary Alan Fine is the John Evans Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and the author of numerous books, including "Difficult Reputations: Collective Memories of the Evil, Inept, and Controversia""l"; "With the Boys: Little League Baseball and Preadolescent Culture"; and S"hared Fantasy: Role-Playing Games as Social Worlds," all published by the University of Chicago Press.