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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 Violence: Rethinking Elias

Sport and Violence: Rethinking Elias

Forthcoming

Dominique Bodin, Luc Robène
December 15, 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...

Historicizing the Pan-American Games

Historicizing the Pan-American Games

Forthcoming

Bruce Kidd, Cesar Torres
December 09, 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 in Socialist Yugoslavia

Sport in Socialist Yugoslavia

Forthcoming

Dario Brentin, Dejan Zec
October 04, 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...

Sport, War and Society in Australia and New Zealand

Sport, War and Society in Australia and New Zealand

Forthcoming

Martin Crotty, Robert Hess
September 13, 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

Forthcoming

Annette R. Hofmann, Gerald Gems, Maureen Smith
September 13, 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...

Games and Sporting Events in History: Organisations, Performances and Impact

Games and Sporting Events in History: Organisations, Performances and Impact

Forthcoming

Annette R. Hofmann, Gerald Gems, Maureen Smith
September 13, 2018

Games and Sporting Events in History offers a broad global perspective on sports and games in Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia. A diverse set of topics covers education, medicine, therapy, body culture, gender, race, cross cultural flow, and political issues from the late nineteenth century...

Sport and Protest: Global Perspectives

Sport and Protest: Global Perspectives

Cathal Kilcline
June 13, 2018

Sporting mega-events habitually spawn protests from local groups discommoded by the building of new infrastructure, environmental lobbies contesting the long-term legacies of such events, and expressions of outrage at the expenditure of public funds on events often restricted to an elite selection...

A Half Century of Super Bowls: National and Global Perspectives on America’s Grandest Spectacle

A Half Century of Super Bowls: National and Global Perspectives on America’s Grandest Spectacle

Peter Hopsicker, Mark Dyreson
June 05, 2018

In 2016, the Super Bowl, the climactic spectacle of American professional football, celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Super Bowl stands as the broadest ‘shared experience’ in American culture. As television ratings, cultural practices, and scholarly tomes reveal, more people participate in...

Sport in Europe

Sport in Europe

Annette Hofmann
May 09, 2018

This book presents an overview on sport history research in Europe by giving insights into various topics between Europe´s south and north. Examples are physical activities in the middle ages in Córdoba, bullfighting in Spain, aspects of football in various countries to winter sports in France....

Martial Arts in Asia: History, Culture and Politics

Martial Arts in Asia: History, Culture and Politics

Fan Hong, Gwang Ok
May 01, 2018

The reawakening of Asian martial arts is a distinct example of cultural hybridity in a global setting. This book deals with history of Asian martial arts in the contexts of tradition, religion, philosophy, politics and culture. It attempts to deepen the study of martial arts studies in their...

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

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

Mark Dyreson
May 01, 2018

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....

The Sports Development of Hong Kong and Macau: New Challenges after the Handovers

The Sports Development of Hong Kong and Macau: New Challenges after the Handovers

Brian Bridges, Marcus P. Chu
March 28, 2018

China’s sports history and its contemporary role in the global sporting community have become well-known, but the sporting history and development of China’s two Special Administrative Regions – Hong Kong and Macau – have not received the coverage they deserve either in their historical...

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