Immortality in Sports

Author: Wib Leonard
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317257790
Category: Social Science
Page: 147
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Sports have taken on tremendous importance in the world in which we live. Their social significance - economic, political, and personal - both nationally and internationally is unprecedented. What may not be so immediately obvious is the sociological nature of sports. Sport offers one of the most visible public arenas for understanding the role that 'immortality' plays in individual action, group dynamics, and with audiences and the media. Following a brief introduction to the sociology of sport, Leonard explores these dimensions of the sporting world through the idea of the 'post-self' - how individuals regard themselves and want to be remembered by the public. From the individual psyche to the global arena of sports, this book features vivid examples and quotations from star athletes, coaches, and the media, offering poignant insights into the sporting world and about individuals and society.

Handbook of Death and Dying

Author: Clifton D. Bryant
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761925147
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 1088
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"More than 100 scholars contributed to this carefully researched, well-organized, informative, and multi-disciplinary source on death studies. Volume 1, "The Presence of Death," examines the cultural, historical, and societal frameworks of death, such asthe universal fear of death, spirituality and varioius religions, the legal definition of death, suicide, and capital punishment. Volume 2, "The Response to Death," covers such topics as rites and ceremonies, grief and bereavement, and legal matters after death."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.

The Immortality of Influence

Author: Salome Thomas-EL,Cecil Murphey
Publisher: Kensington
ISBN: 0758259018
Category: Self-Help
Page: 304
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Salome Thomas-EL, award-winning educator and the highly-praised author of I Choose to Stay, has helped hundreds of troubled children get into magnet high schools, major colleges, and universities. Yet he still finds himself devastated by the long-ago death of a promising student named Willow Briggs. Salome worked with and consistently encouraged this troubled boy, who ultimately became one of the school's top chess players and students. But when Willow moved on to high school, he found no real positive influences. He struggled academically and was murdered on a street corner at the age of sixteen. More than any other factor, Willow's death launched Salome Thomas-EL on his mission to be a positive influence, and to encourage all of us to set the best example possible for the young people in our lives. The Immortality of Influence is a refreshing, common-sense roadmap to helping kids achieve their dreams in which Thomas-EL movingly describes the methods he has used to help his students succeed. It all started in Vaux Middle School, where he began a chess club to teach boys and girls how to think critically and resolve conflicts with their minds instead of their fists. Not only did his students win eight national championships and become local heroes, they also scored high on the SATs and got into top colleges. When Thomas-EL found himself faced with kids who didn't exercise or eat well, he started a summer program in which the students walked to museums and other cultural events around the city. Recognizing the importance of exposing kids to the world outside their own neighborhoods, he took fifteen African-American students to rural Vermont, where they interacted with white children their age and discovered how much they had in common. All of these students were later accepted to the best magnet high schools. These are just a few examples of what can happen when kids are mentored in a positive way--not only at home, but in the community at large. For parents, guardians, educators--anyone who wants the best for kids, this book is an essential, inspirational reference. It's all about making a difference--not just for today, but forever. Sometimes, it only takes one special person to set a child on the right path, but more often, it does indeed take a village. The Immortality of Influence will inspire you to band together with other caring adults and start making a difference--now.

The psychic side of sports

Author: Michael Murphy,Rhea A. White
Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 227
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Immortality and the Law

The Rising Power of the American Dead
Author: Ray D. Madoff
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300163274
Category: LAW
Page: 191
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Native Americans in Sports

Author: C. Richard King
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317464036
Category: Political Science
Page: 440
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Offers full coverage of Native American athletes and athletics from historical, cultual and indigenous perspectives, from before European intervention to the 21st century. There are entries devoted to broader cultural themes, and how these affect and are affected by the sport.

Tom Brady

Heart of the Huddle
Author: Mark Stewart
Publisher: Lerner Publications
ISBN: 9780761329077
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
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A biography of the New England Patriots star quarterback who led his team to win Super Bowl XXVI.

Women and Sports in the United States

A Documentary Reader
Author: Jean O'Reilly,Susan K. Cahn
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 9781555536718
Category: Social Science
Page: 377
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The only anthology available documenting 100 years of women in American sports

Why Michael Couldn't Hit, and Other Tales of the Neurology of Sports

And Other Tales Of The Neurology Of Sports
Author: Harold L. Klawans
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 1466813903
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 256
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The author who told us why Toscanini fumbled and why Newton raved takes us on a tour of the great brains of great athletes--baseball players and basketball players, track stars and golfers--to show how both accomplishment and tragedy may be the result of some unusual neurons. In Why Michael Couldn't Hit, Dr. Klawans joins his two lifelong passions for neurological discovery and sports. And his arguments about the way the two are linked will give every sports fan a new outlook on what happens on the track, the baeball diamond, or in the arena. A deft and fascinating exploration, the book reveals that the twists and turns of athletes' brains have at least as much to do with their stardom as the strength and coordination of their muscles. It's an entirely original perspective on a topic that has always captured the American imagination: the breathtaking sight of athletic grace, force, and skill.

Women in sport

issues and controversies
Author: Greta L. Cohen
Publisher: Amer Alliance for Health Physical
ISBN: 9780883148136
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 472
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The issues that impact on the emergence of girls and women into the mainstream of American sport are explored in this comprehensive overview. The contributors, from a wide range of backgrounds, examine the political, historical, economic, psychological, physiological and sociological issues significant to women's participation in sports. Topics covered include: joining the sports establishment; homophobia in sports; exploitation of minorities; and competitiveness versus nurturing in sports.

A People's History of Sports in the United States

250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play
Author: David Zirin
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1595586636
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 302
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In this long-awaited book from the rising superstar of sportswriting, whose blog “The Edge of Sports” is read each week by thousands of people across the country, Dave Zirin offers a riotously entertaining chronicle of larger-than-life sporting characters and dramatic contests and what amounts to an alternative history of the United States as seen through the games its people played. Through Zirin’s eyes, sports are never mere games, but a reflection of—and spur toward—the political conflicts that shape American society. Half a century before Jackie Robinson was born, the black ballplayer Moses Fleetwood Walker brandished a revolver to keep racist fans at bay, then took his regular place in the lineup. In the midst of the Depression, when almost no black athletes were allowed on the U.S. Olympic team, athletes held a Counter Olympics where a third of the participants were African American. A People’s History of Sports in the United States is replete with surprises for seasoned sports fans, while anyone interested in history will be amazed by the connections Zirin draws between politics and pop flies. As Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, puts it, “After you read him, you’ll never see sports the same way again.”


Author: Roberto Mendoza
Publisher: Palibrio
ISBN: 1463365276
Category: Poetry
Page: 66
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Everything starts and everything ends. Between the Alpha and Omega points of our lives we can define two stages: a growing one and a decreasing one. They are the two halves that characterize all biological process. The outward journey grows up to the limit of the evolutionary process. Then the involution begins. As the phases of the Moon: crescent, full moon, decreasing, new moon. Thus is life.

The Games People Play

Theology, Religion, and Sport
Author: Robert Ellis
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630873845
Category: Religion
Page: 336
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In The Games People Play, Robert Ellis constructs a theology around the global cultural phenomenon of modern sport, paying particular attention to its British and American manifestations. Using historical narrative and social analysis to enter the debate on sport as religion, Ellis shows that modern sport may be said to have taken on some of the functions previously vested in organized religion. Through biblical and theological reflection, he presents a practical theology of sport's appeal and value, with special attention to the theological concept of transcendence. Throughout, he draws on original empirical work with sports participants and spectators. The Games People Play addresses issues often considered problematic in theological discussions of sport such as gender, race, consumerism, and the role of the modern media, as well as problems associated with excessive competition and performance-enhancing substances. As Ellis explains, Sporting journalists often use religious language in covering sports events. Salvation features in many a headline, and talk of moments of redemption is not uncommon. Perhaps, somewhere beyond the cliched hyperbole, there is some theological truth in all this after all.

Perfect Bodies

Sports, Medicine and Immortality
Author: Vivienne Lo
Publisher: British Museum Publications Limited
ISBN: 9780861591886
Category: History
Page: 168
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By presenting rigorous situated histories of changing training regimen in different cultures, this collection of papers collectively challenge orthodox notions of the perfect body and its pursuit. The introductory essay by the editor compares and contrasts the different methods and ideals. Ancient regimen and techniques may seem remote, yet many attempt to resolve issues that are common to us all. Some are directed at the immortality or longevity of the physical body, and include performance-enhancing nutrition and drug taking; others train the spirit and souls for the afterlife. Many emphasise the interconnectedness of the human body with its environment. The papers set their topic in its broad socio-political and cultural context, facilitating a dialogue with other contributors who considered many similar questions for the 20th and 21st centuries. Histories of sports, body cultivation and sports medicines in non-European cultures are only just now beginning to emerge. With the Olympics approaching in London, it is timely to explore the diverse traditions of perfecting body and soul, as a fascinating historical project in itself, but also to provide a rich context for envisioning a more widely beneficial approach to sports, medicine and immortality for all.

The Jaguar Smile

Author: Salman Rushdie
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409058719
Category: Political Science
Page: 160
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In this brilliantly focused and haunting portrait of the people, the politics, the land, and the poetry of Nicaragua, Salman Rushdie brings to the forefront the palpable human facts of a country in the midst of revolution. Rushdie went to Nicaragua in 1986. What he discovered was overwhelming: a land of difficult, often beautiful contradictions, of strange heroes and warrior-poets. Rushdie came to know an enormous range of people, from the foreign minister - a priest - to the midwife who kept a pet cow in her living room. His perceptions always heightened by his sensitivity and his unique flair for language, in The Jaguar Smile, Rushdie brings us the true Nicaragua, where nothing is simple, everything is contested, and life-or-death struggles are an everyday occurrence.