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Globalization and Sport

Playing the World

Format: Hardback
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc, Thousand Oaks, United States
Published: 19th Mar 2001
Dimensions: w 156mm h 234mm d 13mm
Weight: 395g
ISBN-10: 0761959688
ISBN-13: 9780761959687
Barcode No: 9780761959687
Synopsis
Sport is the most universal feature of popular culture. It crosses language barriers and slices through national boundaries, attracting both spectators and participants, to a common lingua franca of passions, obsessions and desires. This book brings to light the connections between sport and culture. It argues that although sport is obviously a source of pleasure, it is also part of the government of everyday life. The creation of a sporting calendar, movements of rational recreation and the development of physical education in the public sector, are read as ways of disciplining and shaping urban-industrial populations. In addition, sport is examined as a principal front of globalization. The sports process draws together dispersed communities and generates economic wealth. The book demonstrates how commodification, bureaucratization and ideology are fundamental to the organization of sporting cultures.

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"...Globalization and Sport is soundly researched and well-written. I found this book as gripping as a best-selling novel. I would recommend this book as essential reading for both undergraduates and postgraduates as well as for researchers in sociology of sport." -- Elizabeth Rose * Sport, Education and Society *