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Sport in the Global Society - Historical Perspectives


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As Robert Hands in The Times recently observed, the growth of sports studies in recent years has been considerable. This unique series with over one hundred volumes in the last decade has played its part. Politically, culturally, emotionally and aesthetically, sport is a major force in the modern world. Its impact will grow as the world embraces ever more tightly the contemporary secular trinity: the English language, technology and sport. Sport in the Global Society will continue to record sport's phenomenal progress across the world stage.

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Sport and Christianity

Sport and Christianity

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Hugh McLeod, Nils Martinius Justvik, Robert Hess
December 05, 2019

Sport and Christianity examines sport and Christianity from a variety of historical perspectives, with the main focus on the period from the nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries. The book is not limited to a narrow definition of Christianity, but rather encompasses a wide range of...

Match Fixing and Sport: Historical Perspectives

Match Fixing and Sport: Historical Perspectives

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Mike Huggins, Rob Hess
December 02, 2019

Match-Fixing and Sport studies match-fixing in historical perspective, revealing how match-fixing has always been a major sporting continuity, alongside another longstanding continuity, a widely-held belief in a mythical recent past of pristine purity. The volume begins with a brief overview of...

Sport Development and Olympic Studies: Past, Present, and Future

Sport Development and Olympic Studies: Past, Present, and Future

1st Edition

Stephan Wassong, Michael Heine, Rob Hess
October 17, 2019

In 2017 the Olympic Studies Centre of the German Sport University organized a workshop on Sport Development and Olympic Studies. This book resulted from the presentations and discussions they engendered around identifying new international collaborative research fields and deepening research on the...

The Olympic Movement and the Middle East and North Africa Region

The Olympic Movement and the Middle East and North Africa Region

1st Edition

Mahfoud Amara
May 14, 2019

This book offers different insights into the study of the Olympic movement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It seeks to capture how political and cultural nation-state building and economic transformations are impacting the region’s engagement (and disengagement) with the Olympic...

Media, Culture, and the Meanings of Hockey: Constructing a Canadian Hockey World, 1896-1907

Media, Culture, and the Meanings of Hockey: Constructing a Canadian Hockey World, 1896-1907

1st Edition

Stacy L. Lorenz
December 19, 2018

This volume examines the cultural meanings of high-level amateur and professional hockey in Canada during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In particular, the author analyzes English Canadian media narratives of Stanley Cup "challenge" games and championship series between 1896 and...

Historicizing the Pan-American Games

Historicizing the Pan-American Games

1st Edition

Bruce Kidd, Cesar Torres
October 18, 2018

The Pan-American Games, begun officially in 1951 in Buenos Aires and held in every region of the western hemisphere, have become one of the largest multi-sport games in the world. 6,132 athletes from 41 countries competed in 48 sports in the 2015 Games in Toronto, Canada. The Games are...

Sport and Violence: Rethinking Elias

Sport and Violence: Rethinking Elias

1st Edition

Dominique Bodin, Luc Robène
October 18, 2018

The aim of this book, in discussing Elias’s theory, is not to refute it. Tendentiously, the theory works with its weaknesses and strong points and it has been enriched by a number of authors over time. The objective of this volume is to discuss the blind spots and, more simply, what is too often...

Sport in Socialist Yugoslavia

Sport in Socialist Yugoslavia

1st Edition

Dario Brentin, Dejan Zec
October 09, 2018

The history of sport in socialist Yugoslavia is a peculiar lens through which to examine the country’s social, cultural and political transformations. Sport is represented as one of the most popular and engaging cultural phenomena of social life. Sport both embodied the social dynamics of the...

Olympic Perspectives

Olympic Perspectives

1st Edition

Stephan Wassong, Richard Baka, Janice Forsyth
September 27, 2018

Historical research on the Olympic Movement is highly valuable as it displays processes of continuity and transformation by which knowledge building processes on the Olympic Movement, its structure and on Olympic sport can be expanded. The Olympic Movement can be addressed from multidisciplinary...

Brazilian Sports History

Brazilian Sports History

1st Edition

Mauricio Drumond, Victor Andrade de Melo
September 18, 2018

Sport History is a growing field of study in Brazil. In the past decades, scholars from different areas have taken an increasing interest in studying how sports help us in understanding broader social, cultural, political and economic aspects of society. Barriers of language have often distanced...

Sport, War and Society in Australia and New Zealand

Sport, War and Society in Australia and New Zealand

1st Edition

Martin Crotty, Robert Hess
September 04, 2018

Sport and war have been closely linked in Australian and New Zealand society since the nineteenth century. Sport has, variously, been advocated as appropriate training for war, lambasted as a distraction from the war effort, and resorted to as an escape from wartime trials and tribulations. War has...

Global Perspectives on Sport and Physical Cultures

Global Perspectives on Sport and Physical Cultures

1st Edition

Annette R. Hofmann, Gerald Gems, Maureen Smith
September 04, 2018

Global Perspectives of Sport and Physical Culture is a compilation of diverse essays derived from the works of prominent international scholars that address significant international issues relative to sporting practices from a historical perspective. A variety of movement cultures are examined and...

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