Sport in the Americas: Local, Regional, National, and International Perspectives

1st Edition

Mark Dyreson

Routledge
Published May 1, 2018
Reference - 114 Pages
ISBN 9781138481480 - CAT# K348875
Series: Sport in the Global Society - Historical Perspectives

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Summary

Statues of fans as nostalgic monuments to the North American devotion to baseball, Canadian lacrosse and ethnic ideologies, the rise of modern sports and class sensibilities in São Paulo, the inaugural world championship for women’s hockey, and national memories of Olympic Games hosted on US soil. What do these seemingly disparate themes have in common? They each comprise a facet of sporting experiences in the western hemisphere that took place between the 1890s and the 1990s.

This collection offers new insights on the role of sport in defining local, regional, national, and international cultures in the western hemisphere. The essays offer historical perspectives on the power of sport to create common ground in modern societies while simultaneously exploring how it serves to mark cultural boundaries and reinforce cultural identities. From national pastimes to ethnic traditions, from class sensibilities to racial ideologies, Sport in the Americas presents novel contributions that examine both the singular and manifold patterns of culture that sport animates.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue in The International Journal of the History of Sport.

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