How Soccer Explains the World

An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
Author: Franklin Foer
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061864706
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 288
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“An eccentric, fascinating exposé of a world most of us know nothing about.” —The New York Times Book Review "An insightful, entertaining, brainiac sports road trip." —The Wall Street Journal "Foer’s skills as a narrator are enviable. His characterizations… are comparable to those in Norman Mailer's journalism." —The Boston Globe A groundbreaking work—named one of the five most influential sports books of the decade by Sports Illustrated—How Soccer Explains the World is a unique and brilliantly illuminating look at soccer, the world’s most popular sport, as a lens through which to view the pressing issues of our age, from the clash of civilizations to the global economy.

Globalization in Foer's How Soccer Explains the World

Author: Jannis Rudzki-Weise
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 364077664X
Category: Globalization
Page: 32
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Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,3, University of Maryland University College in Heidelberg, course: Non-Fiction, language: English, abstract: Most Americans would agree that watching football on the weekends and rooting for their favorite team is an integral part of Americanism. Therefore, it is not surprising that popular sports writing in the United States usually covers American football or baseball as stated in Don DeLillo's famous prologue "The Triumph of Death" to his novel Underworld. Franklin Foer breaks this tradition by introducing soccer to an American audience. Foer's book has been quite successful, as ESPN ranks it among the top four books written on the culture of soccer (Caple 1). Foer does not only discuss sports, but he also journeys from stadium to stadium around the globe to provide new insight on today's world events. He uses the globalized medium of soccer to explain political, economic and social occurrences. In this essay, I will look at chapters seven and nine in which Foer's argumentation is political. Therefore, this can be considered both sports, as well as political writing. How Soccer Explains the World is organized into ten chapters, which can be read as three different parts with regard to content. "The first third of the book explores globalization's failure to erode the game's great rivalries and the hatreds they can produce" (Young 1). Foer then elaborates on the role of soccer in politics and economics when he explains the rise of the oligarchs and the corruption that was included in this process. In the last part of the book, the role soccer plays in preserving nationalism and for returning to the idea of tribalism is looked at in-depth.

How Football Explains The World

Author: Franklin Foer
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448108004
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 272
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What in the world has the power to liberate women in Iran while provoking antagonism between Catholics and Protestants in Scotland, to lure Nigerians to the cold of the Ukraine while heating up class warfare in the US heartlands, and both profit local gangsters and create local - and international - celebrities? Foer presents an unexpected, uniquely revealing tour of the politics and culture of football from Milan to Tehran. He examines the game's role in sustaining ancient hatreds and rivalries (Serbia's Red Star and Croatia's Dinamo); in supporting the migration of players and the rise of the football oligarchs (such as Silvio Berlusconi, President of AC Milan - and of Italy); and in defending the virtues and vices of old-fashioned nationalism. As Foer brilliantly illuminates, the Balkan War, anti-Semitism, Jewish identity, racism, social integration, media manipulation, and American patriotism have all been influenced by, as well as have had a dramatic effect on, football. On his travels, Foer encounters a collection of fans that is stranger than fiction: from a British hooligan with a Jewish mother, a Nazi father and a career as a soldier of fortune, to a fan club in Serbia that turns into a brutal anti-Muslim paramilitary unit. The result is an unforgettable parade of uniquely memorable fans - each set into his - or her - unique political and cultural context.

Der Preis der Ungleichheit

Wie die Spaltung der Gesellschaft unsere Zukunft bedroht
Author: Joseph Stiglitz
Publisher: Siedler Verlag
ISBN: 364109819X
Category: Social Science
Page: 544
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Viele Arme, wenige Reiche - Warum die wachsende Ungleichheit uns alle angeht Die Ungleichheit in der Welt nimmt zu: Immer weniger Menschen häufen immer größeren Reichtum an, während die Zahl der Armen wächst und die Mittelschicht vom Abstieg bedroht ist. Doch diese Entwicklung, so zeigt Nobelpreisträger Joseph Stiglitz in seinem neuen Bestseller, ist keine zwangsläufige Folge einer freien Marktwirtschaft, sondern Ergebnis einer globalisierten Ökonomie, die zunehmend vom reichsten einen Prozent der Bevölkerung beherrscht wird.

Welt ohne Geist

Wie das Silicon Valley freies Denken und Selbstbestimmung bedroht
Author: Franklin Foer
Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag
ISBN: 3641197686
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
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Im digitalen Zeitalter erlebt die Welt eine beispiellose Renaissance der Monopole. Ihre Macht erlaubt es einigen wenigen Big-Tech-Unternehmen, nicht nur Konkurrenz um ihre Produkte auszustechen. Sie ist inzwischen so groß, dass Internetkonzerne wie Google, Apple, Amazon und Facebook drauf und dran sind, die Ideologie ihrer Gründer und Führer, die Vision des Silicon Valley von der Alles-Maschine, zu vollenden. Franklin Foers Welt ohne Geist beschreibt mit bestechender Klarheit die Geschichte der Digitalisierung, von Alan Turing und Stewart Brand bis Jeff Bezos und Larry Page, und ihre Folgen: Im Schaufenster des Silicon Valley mögen Pluralismus und Individualität liegen, doch was wir uns erkaufen, sind Konformität, Desinformation, Privatisierung von Wissen und die Abschaffung der Privatsphäre. Selbstbestimmung, mahnt Foer, ist ohne einen freien Geist unmöglich. Wenn wir das Schaffen von Kultur, von Gedanken- und Diskussionsräumen dem Silicon Valley überantworten, befördern wir nicht unsere Existenz und das Gemeinwohl - wir befördern die Bilanzen der Konzerne und die Macht der Maschine.

Rooting for the Home Team

Author: Daniel A. Nathan
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252094859
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 248
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Rooting for the Home Team examines how various American communities create and maintain a sense of collective identity through sports. Looking at large cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, and Los Angeles as well as small rural towns, suburbs, and college towns, the contributors consider the idea that rooting for local athletes and home teams often symbolizes a community's preferred understanding of itself, and that doing so is an expression of connectedness, public pride and pleasure, and personal identity. Some of the wide-ranging essays point out that financial interests also play a significant role in encouraging fan bases, and modern media have made every seasonal sport into yearlong obsessions. Celebrities show up for big games, politicians throw out first pitches, and taxpayers pay plenty for new stadiums and arenas. The essays in Rooting for the Home Team cover a range of professional and amateur athletics, including teams in basketball, football, baseball, and even the phenomenon of no-glove softball. Contributors are Amy Bass, Susan Cahn, Mark Dyreson, Michael Ezra, Elliott J. Gorn, Christopher Lamberti, Allison Lauterbach, Catherine M. Lewis, Shelley Lucas, Daniel A. Nathan, Michael Oriard, Carlo Rotella, Jaime Schultz, Mike Tanier, David K. Wiggins, and David W. Zang.


Fußball und die Magie der Zahlen
Author: David Sumpter
Publisher: Ecowin
ISBN: 3711051685
Category: Political Science
Page: 352
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Jemand mag ein Dribbelkünstler sein oder ein Flankengott, aber ohne eine Struktur auf dem Platz nützt das wenig. Fußball ist mehr als Statistik und Taktik, mehr als Ausnahmespieler und mehr als der unbedingte Wille zu gewinnen. Fußball ist mehr als ein Spiel. Mathematik auch. David Sumpter entwirft in seinem Buch eine Fußball-Mathematik, die weit über Alex Fergusons Taktiken und Lionel Messis Tempodribblings hinausgeht.

Soccer Vs. the State

Tackling Football and Radical Politics
Author: Gabriel Kuhn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 1604860537
Category: Political Science
Page: 260
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From its working-class roots to commercialisation and resistance to it - this is football history for the politically conscious fan. Football is a multi-billion pound industry. Professionalism and commercialisation dominate its global image. Yet the game retains a rebellious side, maybe more so than any other sport co-opted by money-makers and corrupt politicians. Soccer vs. The State traces its amazing history.

Normative Pluralism and International Law

Exploring Global Governance
Author: Jan Klabbers,Touko Piiparinen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107245168
Category: Law
Page: N.A
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This book addresses conflicts involving different normative orders: what happens when international law prohibits behavior, but the same behavior is nonetheless morally justified or warranted? Can the actor concerned ignore international law under appeal to morality? Can soldiers escape legal liability by pointing to honor? Can accountants do so under reference to professional standards? How, in other words, does law relate to other normative orders? The assumption behind this book is that law no longer automatically claims supremacy, but that actors can pick and choose which code to follow. The novelty resides not so much in identifying conflicts, but in exploring if, when and how different orders can be used intentionally. In doing so, the book covers conflicts between legal orders and conflicts involving law and honor, self-regulation, lex mercatoria, local social practices, bureaucracy, religion, professional standards and morality.

American Soccer

History, Culture, Class
Author: Gregory G. Reck,Bruce Allen Dick
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476617562
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 260
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This narrative of U.S. soccer’s history and present-day status addresses the issues of socioeconomics. Emphasizing the differences between social classes in U.S. soccer past and present, as well as those between American soccer and international football, this work analyzes the role of class in American soccer’s failure to carve out a more prominent place in the sports landscape. Contemporary soccer is explored from its beginnings in informal Parks and Recreation leagues to the development of formal club programs, and university, professional, and U.S. national teams. In recent decades, Hispanic leagues formed primarily by Mexican and Central American immigrants have reinforced the theme of a class-based, exclusionary space in U.S. soccer. A personal perspective based on the authors’ experience coaching soccer at the informal level broadens the book’s appeal.

Die Finkler-Frage

Author: Howard Jacobson
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 3641065321
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
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Julian Tresloves Leben ist ein Scherbenhaufen. Gescheitert als Redakteur der BBC, gescheitert in seinen Beziehungen zu Frauen, gescheitert als Vater seiner zwei Söhne. Eines Abends wird Treslove Opfer eines Überfalls und glaubt zu hören, wie die Angreiferin ihn als Juden beschimpft – und ist auf perverse Art glücklich. Endlich gehört er irgendwo dazu. Was nur werden seine beiden Freunde zu diesem Gesinnungswandel sagen? Beide sind Juden und wären es lieber nicht ... Von Männerfreundschaft, Liebe, Sex, Tod, und was es bedeutet, jüdisch zu sein – sprachlich raffiniert nimmt Howard Jacobson die Obsessionen unserer Zeit ins Visier und hat mit „Die Finkler-Frage” einen beißend-klugen und dabei hochkomischen Gegenwartsroman geschrieben.

Soccer Culture in America

Essays on the World's Sport in Red, White and Blue
Author: Yuya Kiuchi
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786471557
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 228
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What does the world's favorite sport mean in the United States? Despite the common belief that it is only a women's sport, an immigrants' sport, a small kids' sport--or that hating soccer is very American, the new essays in this volume attest that soccer indeed is a very American and very popular sport, around since the 1940s. The essays will address issues concerning the business of the game, the meaning of men's and women's professional, national, high school, and youth soccer, the community formed by the game, the media, the referees, the hooliganism, and the treatment of the sport in academe.

Eight World Cups

My Journey through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer
Author: George Vecsey
Publisher: Times Books
ISBN: 0805098496
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 304
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On the eve of the 2014 World Cup, New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey offers a personal perspective on the beautiful game Blending witty travelogue with action on the field—and shady dealings in back rooms—George Vecsey offers an eye-opening, globe-trotting account of the last eight World Cups. He immerses himself in the great national leagues, historic clubs, and devoted fans and provides his up-close impressions of charismatic stars like Sócrates, Maradona, Baggio, and Zidane, while also chronicling the rise of the U.S. men's and women's teams. Vecsey shows how each host nation has made the World Cup its own, from the all-night street parties in Spain in 1982 to the roar of vuvuzelas in South Africa in 2010, as the game in the stadium is backed up by the game in the street. But the joy is sometimes undermined by those who style themselves the game's protectors. With his characteristic sharp reporting and eye for detail, Vecsey brings this global event to vivid life and has written a perfect companion for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


Von der Sehnsucht nach einem anderen Wirtschaftsleben
Author: Tim Leberecht
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 3426423979
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 352
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Erfüllung im Berufsleben ist möglich. Der Marketing-Guru Tim Leberecht zeigt neue Trends in der Wirtschaft, die diesem großen Bedürfnis Rechnung tragen. Das Ziel: mit Engagement und Leidenschaft sinnvolle Produkte und begehrenswerte Marken schaffen. Denn jeder will sich mit seiner Arbeit identifizieren und Außergewöhnliches bewirken. Das ist das Selbstverständnis der Business-Romantiker. Tim Leberecht beschreibt den fundamentalen Wertewandel in der Wirtschaft und präsentiert überraschende Einsichten in die Gefühlswelt des Business. Es geht nicht nur um Effizienz und Exzellenz – der Erfolg eines Unternehmens hängt unmittelbar an der Zufriedenheit der Angestellten wie der Kunden. Kontinuierliches Wachstum ist nur möglich, wenn Mitarbeiter ihre Tätigkeit wertschätzen und aus diesem Geist gute Produkte entwickeln.

Lessons from Latin America

Innovations in Politics, Culture, and Development
Author: Kirk Bowman,Felipe Arocena
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442605510
Category: Political Science
Page: 224
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Since the early 1980s, Latin American countries have been innovative in a range of policy and cultural experiences, including health care, voting, pensions, and multiculturalism. And yet, their policy innovations are rarely found in textbooks. This book addresses that gap, providing a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of both the history of "looking down" at Latin America and the political, economic, and cultural "lessons" (including successes, failures, and unintended consequences) that should inform important policy discussions around the world.


Author: Ludwig Mises
Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute
ISBN: 1933550864
Page: N.A
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Oranje brillant

das neurotische Genie des holländischen Fußballs
Author: David Winner
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783462039948
Page: 362
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