Sport and Modernity

Competition in many sporting or gaming practices could also involve significant emotional energy as well as levels ... The emergence of modern sport in Europe and North America involved the remaking of this jumble of diverse gaming and ...

Author: Richard Gruneau

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781509501588

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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This important new book from one of the world's leading sociologists of sport weaves together social theory, history and political economy to provide a highly original analysis of the complex relationship between sport and modernity. Incorporating a powerful set of theoretical insights from traditions and thinkers ranging from classical Marxism and the Frankfurt School to Foucault and Bourdieu, Gruneau analyzes the emergence of "sport" as a distinctive field of practice in western societies. Examining subjects including the legacy of Greek and Roman antiquity, representations of sport in nineteenth-century England, Nazism, and modern "mega-events" such as the Olympics and the World Cup, he seeks to show how sport developed into an arena which articulated competing understandings of the kinds of people, bodies and practices best suited to the modern western world. This book thereby explores with brio and sophistication how the ever-changing economic, social, and political relations of modernity have been produced and reproduced, and sometimes also opposed and escaped, through sport, from the Enlightenment to the rise of neoliberalism, as well as examining how the study of exercise, athletics, the body, and the spectacle of sport can deepen our understanding of the nature of modernity. It will be essential reading for students and scholars of the sociology and history of sport, sociology of culture, cultural history, and cultural studies.

Sporting Modernity

Sports, Art, and the Athletic Body in Germany, 1918-1938 Joann M. Skrypzak. historians have discussed sports as a key motif in Weimar modernity and used artists ' sports images to illustrate the period's fascinating Zeitgeist .

Author: Joann M. Skrypzak

Publisher: VDM Publishing

ISBN: WISC:89094805470

Category: Art

Page: 336

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During the turbulent years of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933) sports emerged as a popular phenomenon that critics often derided as a degenerate fad. But sports and art institutions as well as avant-garde artists looked more closely at sports' potential to rejuvenate a populace demoralized by World War I and cultivate a more dynamic, harmonious society. This book examines images of sports in the visual arts of Weimar Germany to explore how institutions and artists forged a link between sports and art and gave new visual form to notions about the ideal body. It looks at the 1930 Berlin art exhibition Sports as Cultural Factor and sports at the Bauhaus and investigates the sports pictures of László Moholy-Nagy, Anton Räderscheidt, and Willi Baumeister as exemplary case studies. Besides examining Weimar sports culture and its link to art, this study illuminates the complex ways in which artists used the motif of the athletic body to define humans' relation to modernity while addressing issues of industrialization, gender, mind-body dualism, and the promotion of sports. This engaging work will be of particular value to readers interested in modern art, sports, and culture in Germany.

Handbook of Sports Studies

This sporting replication of research interests is by no means surprising, as post-structuralism's focus on the discourses, processes and institutions that shaped modernity, strongly encourages researchers into particular avenues of ...

Author: Jay Coakley

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446265055

Category: Social Science

Page: 570

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Now available in paperback, this vital handbook marks the development of sports studies as a major new discipline within the social sciences. Edited by the leading sociologist of sport, Eric Dunning, and Jay Coakley, author of the best selling textbook on sport in the USA, it both reflects and richly endorses this new found status. Key aspects of the Handbook include: an inventory of the principal achievements in the field; a guide to the chief conflicts and difficulties in the theory and research process; a rallying point for researchers who are established or new to the field, which sets the agenda for future developments; a resource book for teachers who wish to establish new curricula and develop courses and programmes in the area of sports studies. With an international and inter-disciplinary team of contributors the Handbook of Sports Studies is comprehensive in scope, relevant in content and far-reaching in its discussion of future prospect.

Race Sport and Politics

There is little cross-cultural diffusion (Blaut 1993: 167) in the development of sports themselves and the influence of sporting forms from outside of Europe on 'modern' sports is either downplayed or ignored altogether.

Author: Ben Carrington

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412901024

Category: Social Science

Page: 201

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This is the first book-length study to address sport's role in 'the making of race', the place of sport within black diasporic struggles for freedom and equality, and the contested location of sport in relation to the politics of recognition within contemporary western multicultural societies. Race, Sport and Politics shows that over the past century sport has occupied a dominant position within Western culture in producing ideas of racial difference and alterity while providing a powerful and public modality for forms of black cultural resistance. Written by one of the leading international authorities on the sociology of race and sport, it is the first book that centrally locates sport within the cultural politics of the black diaspora and will be of relevance to students and scholars in fields such as the sociology of culture and sport, the sociology of race and diaspora studies, postcolonial theory, cultural theory and cultural studies.

Modern Sports in Asia

Nation-builders in the 1960s accepted this discourse of sport/modernity by organizing national sport associations, building stadiums and creating a 'national' sport. To the National Fitness Council, being a modern sporting nation meant ...

Author: Younghan Cho

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317586371

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 116

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"Modern sports" were introduced to Asia in the late nineteenth century as an innovation from the West, concurrently with the development of modern society in Asia. This book traces the historical developments of sporting cultures in Asia in specific local contexts – including Singapore, China, Myanmar, Taiwan, the Philippines, and India – and their intersections with larger social developments of colonialism, postcolonialism, nationalism, and the building of modern Asia and its place in a globalized world. The case studies herein present the social history of modern team sports with standardized rules such as basketball and cricket, and less familiar sports such as fives and chinlone, as they vacillate between global and local perspectives. This book also shows that modern sports have had an important influence on the makeup of everyday life in Asia, and the essays here also consider sports’ impact on gender, body culture, and celebrity culture, among other concerns. This book painstakingly bridges the gaps between Asian Studies and Sports Studies in a way that reflects the historicity and multiplicity of sports in Asian societies. By adopting multi-disciplinary approaches, this book innovatively offers significant intersection between sociology, cultural studies and Asian studies of sport in Asia. This book was published as a special issue of Sport in Society.

Consuming Modernity

Sport, Modernity, and Emancipation Sports were often cited alongside a range of other activities by those who discussed young moderns. In a 1923 short story titled “The Perfect Girl,” Arnold Bennett listed the qualities ofthe ideal ...

Author: Cheryl Krasnick Warsh

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780774824705

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Positioning consumer culture in Canada within a wider international context, Consuming Modernity explores the roots of modern Western mass culture between 1919 and 1945, when the female worker, student, and homemaker relied on new products to raise their standards of living and separate themselves from oppressive traditional attitudes. Mass-produced consumer products promised to free up women to pursue other interests shaped by marketing campaigns, advertisements, films, and radio shows. Concerns over fashion, personal hygiene, body image, and health reflected these new expectations. This volume is a fascinating look at how the forces of consumerism defined and redefined a generation.

Design for Sport

The combination seeming naturalness and the ideological claims made for their ancientness obscure sport's modernity. For the most part, the physical activities that we now understand as sport are the product of decisions taken by a ...

Author: Anxo Cereijo Roibás

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351945165

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 464

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Design for Sport shows how socially responsible design can contribute to make sport practice widespread in the general population including disadvantaged and hard-to-reach groups, and those that have been traditionally excluded such as the elderly, disabled people, those living in deprived areas and from lower socioeconomic strata plus certain minority ethnic and religious groups. Contributions from around the world provide compelling case studies and an international perspective. While the main benefit from expanding sports practice in developed societies would be reduction of chronic disease rates and social inclusion, in the developing world where political instability and conflict are more common, the authors look at how sport can have other functions, such as a means of post-disaster relief. They discuss how Participatory Design (PD) techniques and appropriate ethnographies can be implemented in order to better understand users' needs and requirements as in the case of Paralympic sport where the increased sophistication of equipment used has evolved to meet the demands of the athletes. Reflecting the multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary nature of design for sport, the book also features case studies that look at environmental design to improve sport accessibility, social wellbeing, economic development and environmental sustainability.

Animals and Modern Cultures

6 NATURALIZING SPORTS Hunting and angling in modernity While conflict over development has attracted most attention as an environmental issue , how best to open up natural areas to public consumption comes as a close second .

Author: Adrian Franklin

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761956239

Category: Social Science

Page: 213

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The dramatic transformation of relationships between humans and animals in the 20th century are investigated in this fascinating and accessible book. At the beginning of this century these relationships were dominated by human needs and interests, modernization was a project which was attached to the goal of progress and animals were merely resources to be used on the path towards human fulfilment. As the century comes to an end these relationships are increasingly being subjected to criticism. We are now urged to be more sensitive and compassionate to animal needs and interests. This book focuses on social change and animals, it is concerned with how humans relate to animals and how this has changed and why. Moreover, it highlights

A Dictionary of Sports Studies

303 modernity generated conceptual and theoretical issues that cannot be ignored in thinking about sport's place in society, its cultural significance, and its human meaning and potential. Mills, Charles Wright (1916-62) An influential ...



ISBN: 9780199213818



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Sport Sociology

Part 1 On your marks: understanding sport and modern society Chapter 1 An introduction to sport sociology Chapter 2 Sport and modernity: an introduction to the sociology of sport In this chapter we will examine the structure of modern ...

Author: Paul Beedie

Publisher: Learning Matters

ISBN: 9780857255891

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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"A welcome addition for those who teach sports studies... Used as a primer, this book provides readers with excellent introduction to the key sociological concepts, methods, and theories, and, also offers useful examples and contextualised discussions that beginners to the realm of sociology will no doubt appreciate. Beedie has compiled for students a good companion text that could certainly be used in conjunction with more detailed books, and, to guide students through more complex academic texts. Students have certainly appreciated Beedie's efforts to help them apply sociological rigour to analysing their sporting worlds, identities and experiences." - Geoffery Kohe, Worcester University "This should be highly useful for any sports studies students who are encountering the sociology of sport for the first time, even those who have previously studied sociology." - Alison Cain, Hertfordshire University Sociology is central to the study of sport in higher education. This reader-friendly textbook introduces all of the subject’s core themes, such as power, diversity and mediation, and relates them to major contemporary social issues such as commercialisation and globalisation. Special emphasis is given throughout to examples drawn from the UK and to the significance of the 2012 Olympics. Theoretical explanation is fully supported by case studies, practical and reflective exercises and guidance on further study.