The Uses of Sport

A Critical Study
Author: John Hughson,David Inglis,Marcus Free
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415260473
Category: Social Science
Page: 212
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Putting sport in the spotlight of cultural inquiry, the authors engage with a number of themes including community and social capital, cultural populism, cultural materialism, visual culture and citizenship.

The Uses of Sport

A Critical Study
Author: John Hughson,David Inglis,Marcus Free
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415260473
Category: Social Science
Page: 212
View: 6336

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Putting sport in the spotlight of cultural inquiry, the authors engage with a number of themes including community and social capital, cultural populism, cultural materialism, visual culture and citizenship.

Fair and Foul

Beyond the Myths and Paradoxes of Sport
Author: D. Stanley Eitzen
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 1442212349
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 252
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The fifth edition of Fair and Foul explores America’s love of sport, just as it reveals sport’s darker side—the influence of big business, corruption, price gouging, political maneuvering, gender bias, media grandstanding, and more. The new edition features revisions and updates throughout, including new information on sexuality as a divisive factor in sport, eating disorders and other health problems after retiring from sports, the continued rise of sports marketing power in China, and the impact of budget disparities among Division I schools. New case studies include sports injuries in professional football; what the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium means for the team owners, taxpayers, and fans; and more. Chapter Eight has been significantly revised to focus further on race, class, and gender issues as they relate to the uneven playing field in sports. D. Stanley Eitzen shares examples from both famous and lesser-known events from professional, college, and school sports, including depictions of well-known coaches and players, to give us a deeper understanding of what sport means to us and how it shapes our everyday world. Ideal for sparking classroom discussion, Fair and Foul has become a beloved book for students of sociology of sport, American society, and other courses.

Sports Mania

Essays on Fandom and the Media in the 21st Century
Author: Paul M. Haridakis,Adam C. Earnheardt
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786451734
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 293
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Leading scholars in sports communication tackle a wide range of subjects in these essays, including the ways in which people root for their teams, the consumption of sports information, and the uses of technology to cultivate fan communities. Taking an interdisciplinary approach through the fields of communication, psychology and telecommunications, this collection explores modern fans, their motives and culture, and their identification with sports and individual teams. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Sport Policy and Governance


Author: Neil King
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136435603
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 318
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Sport Policy and Governance: Local Perspectives is the first detailed study of the politics of sport policy at the local authority level of governance. In focusing on the local level, the book recognises that the extent to which we benefit from public policy is a result of where we live. Taking the city of Liverpool as its core case study, the author investigates the changing contours of sport policy from the inception of the service area in the 1970s through the economic and political turbulence of the 1980s to the year of European Capital of Culture 2008. As the book gives centre stage to the period since 1997, the changing parameters of local sport policy are located within New Labour priorities around elite sport development and the instrumental uses of sport to deliver social policy goals. Written in a clear and accessible style, this book: Traces the evolution of the relationship between central government policy priorities and local sport policy and practice. Provides a political analysis of sport policy that foregrounds competition between differing interests in a context of scarce resources. Explores relationships between local authority policy for sport and policy relating to education, health, land-use planning and community regeneration. Investigates the organisational and funding contexts in which sport policy actors formulate and implement policy Assesses the strategies utilised by sport policy actors in pursuing their interests. Theorises contemporary sport policy processes and establishes parameters for future research. Sport Policy and Governance: Local Perspectives is essential reading for anyone who is studying or teaching sport-related degree programmes, researching public policy, or who is a practitioner or policy-maker in the sport sector.

Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport


Author: Richard Giulianotti
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134116624
Category: Social Science
Page: 468
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The sociology of sport is a core discipline within the academic study of sport. It helps us to understand what sport is and why it matters. Sociological knowledge, implicit or explicit, therefore underpins scholarly enquiry into sport in every aspect. The Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport is a landmark publication that brings together the most important themes, theories and issues within the sociology of sport, tracing the contours of the discipline and surveying the state-of-the-art. Part One explores the main theories and analytical approaches that define contemporary sport sociology and introduces the most important methodological issues confronting researchers working in the social scientific study of sport. Part Two examines the connections and divisions between sociology and cognate disciplines within sport studies, including history, anthropology, economics, leisure and tourism studies, philosophy, politics and psychology. Part Three investigates how the most important social divisions within sport, and in wider society, are addressed in sport sociology, including ‘race‘, gender, class, sexuality and disability. Part Four explores a wide range of pressing contemporary issues associated with sport, including sport and the body, social problems associated with sport, sport places and settings, and the global aspects of sport. Written by a team of leading international sport scholars, including many of the most well-known, respected and innovative thinkers working in the discipline, the Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport is an essential reference for any student, researcher or professional with an interest in sport.

New Directions in Sport History


Author: Duncan Stone,John Hughson,Rob Ellis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317525663
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 128
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Emerging from the ‘history from below’ movement, sport history was marginalised for decades by those working within more traditional historical fields (and institutions). Although a degree of ignorance still exists, sport history has now acquired a level of credibility through the dedicated work of professional historians. And yet, as this authority has been established, changes to UK higher education funding (the removal of direct state funding, the Research Excellence Framework, and tuition fees) and academic publishing (open access) have the potential to damage, or even end, sports research. This book examines sport history from a variety of perspectives. Do mainstream historians need to engage, or ‘play’, with sports historians? Has the postmodernist ‘cultural turn’ in sports history been helpful to the sub-discipline? How can the teaching of sports studies be more innovative and inspiring? How can oral history and sport history be utilised in the study of other branches of historical interest. Although changes are required in dealing with the current political reality of UK higher education, sport history still has a great deal to offer students, future employers and the public alike. This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

The Field

Truth and Fiction in Sport History
Author: Douglas Booth
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134459378
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 352
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2006 North American Society for Sports History Book of the Year The literature on sport history is now well established, taking in a wide range of themes and covering every activity from aerobics to zorbing. However, in comparison to most mainstream histories, sport history has rarely been called upon to question its foundations and account for the basis of its historical knowledge. In this book, Booth offers a rigorous assessment of sport history as an academic discipline, exploring the ways in which professional historians can gather materials, construct and examine evidence, and present their arguments about the sporting past. Part 1 examines theories of knowledge, while Part 2 goes on to scrutinize the uses of historical knowledge in popular and academic studies of sport history. With clear structure, examples, summary tables and a detailed glossary, The Field provides students, teachers and researchers with an unparalleled resource to tackle issues fundamental to the future of their subject, and sets the agenda for the debate to come.

Remaking the Male Body

Masculinity and the Uses of Physical Culture in Interwar and Vichy France
Author: Joan Tumblety
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199695571
Category: History
Page: 257
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The first monograph to explore the imagined link between male athletic prowess and national strength in interwar France. It ultimately sheds light on the roots of Vichy's project for masculine regeneration after the military defeat of 1940.

With God on their Side

Sport in the Service of Religion
Author: Timothy Chandler,Tara Magdalinski
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134511663
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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'Sport' and 'religion' are cultural institutions with a global reach. Each is characterised by ritualised performance and by the ecstatic devotion of its followers, whether in the sports arena or the cathedral of worship. This fascinating collection is the first to examine, in detail, the relationship between these two cultural institutions from an international, religiously pluralistic perspective. It illuminates the role of sport and religion in the social formation of collective groups, and explores how sport might operate in the service of a religious community. The book offers a series of cutting-edge contemporary historical case-studies, wide-ranging in their social and religious contexts. It presents important new work on the following fascinating topics: * sport and Catholicism in Northern Ireland * Shinto and sumo in Japan * women, sport and the American Jewish identity * religion, race and rugby in South Africa * sport and Islam in France and North Africa * sport and Christian fundamentalism in the US * Muhammad Ali and the Nation of Islam. With God on their Side is vital reading for all students of the history, sociology and culture of sport. It also presents important new research material that will be of interest to religious studies students, historians and anthropologists.

Welcome to the Terrordome

The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports
Author: Dave Zirin
Publisher: Haymarket Books
ISBN: 1608460002
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 264
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“Dave Zirin is the best young sportswriter in America.”—Robert Lipsyte This much-anticipated sequel to What’s My Name, Fool? by acclaimed commentator Dave Zirin breaks new ground in sports writing, looking at the controversies and trends now shaping sports in the United States—and abroad. Features chapters such as “Barry Bonds is Gonna Git Your Mama: The Last Word on Steroids,” “Pro Basketball and the Two Souls of Hip-Hop,” “An Icon’s Redemption: The Great Roberto Clemente,” and “Beisbol: How the Major Leagues Eat Their Young.” Zirin’s commentary is always insightful, never predictable. Dave Zirin is the author of the widely acclaimed book What’s My Name, Fool? (Haymarket Books) and writes the weekly column “Edge of Sports” (edgeofsports.com). He writes a regular column for The Nation and Slam magazine and has appeared as a sports commentator on ESPN TV and radio, CBNC, WNBC, Democracy Now!, Air America, Radio Nation, and Pacifica. Chuck D redefined rap music and hip-hop culture as leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy. Spike Lee calls him “one of the most politically and socially conscious artists of any generation.” He co-hosts a weekly radio show on Air America.

The Routledge History of American Sport


Author: Linda J. Borish,David K. Wiggins,Gerald R. Gems
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317662490
Category: History
Page: 466
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The Routledge History of American Sport provides the first comprehensive overview of historical research in American sport from the early Colonial period to the present day. Considering sport through innovative themes and topics such as the business of sport, material culture and sport, the political uses of sport, and gender and sport, this text offers an interdisciplinary analysis of American leisure. Rather than moving chronologically through American history or considering the historical origins of each sport, these topics are dealt with organically within thematic chapters, emphasizing the influence of sport on American society. The volume is divided into eight thematic sections that include detailed original essays on particular facets of each theme. Focusing on how sport has influenced the history of women, minorities, politics, the media, and culture, these thematic chapters survey the major areas of debate and discussion. The volume offers a comprehensive view of the history of sport in America, pushing the field to consider new themes and approaches as well. Including a roster of contributors renowned in their fields of expertise, this ground-breaking collection is essential reading for all those interested in the history of American sport.

Tapestry of Memory

Evidence and Testimony in Life-Story Narratives
Author: Nanci Adler,Selma Leydesdorff
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 1412851653
Category: Law
Page: 250
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In this volume, contributors present narratives and explore the way they influence the perception of the past. While acknowledging the debate about the validity of qualitative research based on narratives, this volume aims to illuminate how truth and evidence form part of a much wider debate on the representation of history. The volume includes the work of historians but the interdisciplinary nature of the contributions shows that the validity debate also applies to the broader fields of cultural studies, sociology, and other social sciences. The distinction between memory and testimony is a crucial theme. Memory, though selective, is the basis of testimony. Testimony provides an audience with information that becomes evidence of what was seen or experienced. Such evidence can form the basis of legal truth. Nanci Adler and Selma Leydesdorff divide the volume into three core sections: Official Testimony and Other "Facts and Evidence"; The Creation of New History and the Integration of Collective Memory in the Story of One's Self; and Claims Based on Narratives vs. Official History. After a comprehensive introduction by the editors, the volume offers twelve essays by leading scholars. This work is a new offering in Transaction's acclaimed Memory and Narrative series.

The Nazi Olympics

Sport, Politics, and Appeasement in the 1930s
Author: Anrd Krüger,William Murray
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252091647
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 280
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The 1936 Olympic Games played a key role in the development of both Hitler’s Third Reich and international sporting competition. This volume gathers original essays by modern scholars from the Games’ most prominent participating countries and lays out the issues -- sporting as well as political -- surrounding individual nations’ involvement. The Nazi Olympics opens with an analysis of Germany’s preparations for the Games and the attempts by the Nazi regime to allay the international concerns about Hitler’s racist ideals and expansionist ambitions. Essays follow on the United States, Great Britain, and France -- three first-class Olympian nations with misgivings about participation -- as well as German ally Italy and future ally Japan. Other essays examine the issues at stake in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands, which opposed Hitler’s politics, despite embodying his Aryan ideal. Challenging the view of sport as a trivial pursuit, this collection reveals exactly how high the political stakes were in 1936 and how the Nazi Olympics distilled many of the critical geopolitical issues of the time into a contest that was anything but trivial.

The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes

An Illustrated Compendium of Sports History and the 150 Greatest Jewish Sports Stars
Author: Peter S. Horvitz
Publisher: SP Books
ISBN: 1561719072
Category: Religion
Page: 295
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When you think of famous Jews, sports may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But from Sandy Koufax to Mark Spitz, Jews have made tremendous contributions to the history of sports. The Horvitzs have created a logical ranking system that uses hard statistical evidence to identify the 100 greatest Jewish athletes of all time. Drawing on their academic backgrounds and expert sports knowledge, the authors bring us a proven scientific framework for objectively comparing athletes across various sports, including: Football, Baseball, Boxing, Tennis, Golf, plus many others! Features include: Little-known interviews with sports heroes of the past and present; Nearly 200 rare photographs throughout; Fascinating anecdotes that bring your favorite athletes to life.

Imagery in Sport


Author: Tony Morris,Michael Spittle,Anthony P. Watt
Publisher: Human Kinetics
ISBN: 9780736037525
Category: Education
Page: 387
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It has long been known that almost all elite athletes use imagery and that most sport psychologists apply imagery in working with athletes. But most material on the subject has been, to this point, relegated to single chapters in books, to journal articles, or to conference proceedings. Now Imagery in Sportaddresses the breadth of what researchers and practitioners in sport psychology know about the topic, and it treats each issue in depth, considering current theories and research on imagery and its application in sport. The reference also addresses future directions in research and practice for imagery in sport. In doing so, Imagery in Sportprovides the most comprehensive look at the state of imagery and its uses in sport today. The authors take readers step by step through understanding, investigating, applying, and advancing imagery in sport. The text includes the following: -Sample scripts, preperformance suggestions, and sport-specific and site-specific tips -Presentation and critical analysis of 10 well-known theoretical frameworks for understanding imagery -A full chapter devoted to understanding and successfully using the available measures of imagery in sport, including how to administer imagery-ability measures Imagery in Sporttakes complex theories and presents them clearly, using examples from everyday sport contexts. The book helps readers become familiar with the current knowledge about the topic and learn to view it with a critical eye. And it provides practicing sport psychologists with guidelines and strategies for using imagery to help athletes improve their performances.

Gold Medal Physics

The Science of Sports
Author: John Eric Goff
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 0801897939
Category: Science
Page: 232
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Fun, witty, and imbued throughout with admiration for the simple beauty of physics, Gold Medal Physics is sure to inspire readers to think differently about the next sporting event they watch.

Disputed Pleasures

Sport and Society in Preindustrial England
Author: Thomas S. Henricks
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313274534
Category: History
Page: 194
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The history and sociological aspects of sport in preindustrial England are the subjects of this volume. Henricks traces the development of sport and its interaction with society through five time periods: the feudal era, the later Middle Ages, and the Tudor, Stuart, and Georgian eras. The book also serves as an introduction to the historical literature on English sport, connects sport to broader social and cultural themes, and develops an original thesis of sport as an identity ceremony for generations of participants.

A Kind of Grace

A Treasury of Sportswriting by Women
Author: Ron Rapoport
Publisher: RDR Books
ISBN: 9781571430137
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 385
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A collection of 73 newspaper and magazine articles written by women journalists between 1970 and 1992, on such topics as women athletes, sports injuries, sport careers, and deaths.

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Sport

How Calvinism and Capitalism Shaped America's Games
Author: Steven J. Overman
Publisher: Mercer University Press
ISBN: 0881462268
Category: Religion
Page: 423
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Steven Overman explores the concordant values of the Protestant ethic, capitalism, and sport by applying German scholar Max Weber's seminal thesis. Weber demonstrated a relationship between the Protestant ethic and a form of economic behavior he labeled the "Spirit of capitalism." The work introduces readers to the doctrines and values experience, focusing on the framing of work and play in light of an intense unease with human pleasure and idleness. The United States is portrayed as the quintessential Protestant ethic society. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Sport proposes "seven Protestant virtues" built upon rational asceticism and the work ethic that comprise the Protestant ethic. The spirit of capitalism is presented as a derivative of this ethic and a major force in shaping American institutions, notable organized sport. The second part of the book discusses the spirit of American sport as it is manifested in values the author identifies as the American sport ethic: seven constructs that correspond to the seven Protestant "virtues." Each of these constructs, e.g., achieved status, competitiveness, is examined as it has influenced organized sport. The discussion encompasses youth sport, college sport, professional sport, and American influence on the modern Olympics. The book then analyzes sport as a form of consumer capitalism.