This convenient book provides fascinating information about sports throughout the world. Over 245 separate pieces written by the world's greatest authorities offer everything you could possibly want to know about hundreds of sports, including traditional sports and national games, and sporting events. Each entry includes an introduction to the sport, followed by details of its history, the rules of play and suggestions for further reading. Moreover, the volume explores the emotions and issues surrounding the ...
This convenient book provides fascinating information about sports throughout the world. Over 245 separate pieces written by the world's greatest authorities offer everything you could possibly want to know about hundreds of sports, including traditional sports and national games, and sporting events. Each entry includes an introduction to the sport, followed by details of its history, the rules of play and suggestions for further reading. Moreover, the volume explores the emotions and issues surrounding the sporting life and looks at sport as an essential part of human experience.
Readers will find entries on acrobatics, the African Games, aggression, billiards and snooker, boxing, coaches and coaching, the Commonwealth Game, cricket, disabled sports, extreme sports, hang gliding, Highland Games, horse racing, judo, the media, motorcycle racing, pigeon racing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field events, traditional sports, umpires and umpiring, wrestling, women's sports, yachting, and much more.
The Encyclopedia of World Sport was called "the newest sporting bible" by The [London] Times. and this easy to browse and read ebook edition makes a unique and fascinating collection available in to all global readers who care about sports and the sporting life.
“...an impressive and heavyweight work, compiled with the help of a vast team of sports scholars and experts from all over the world, [with] fascinatingly detailed coverage of almost 300 sports, which include . . . some that you will probably never have heard of. How about trying your hand at Cudgeling, Buzkashi, Camogie or even Maori Darts? All the rules are here, along with a description of how the games evolved and are played.”
“What makes this a truly memorable reference work are the countless inserts, personal letters, and historical anecdotes about the sporting life for all libraries.”
“Accessible and enjoyable.”
All Sport & Leisure (UK)
“The Encyclopedia of World Sport... is a truly phenomenal work....Anthropologist David Levinson and Karen Christensen must be proud of the sheer scale of this exhaustive work which is virtually a complete sporting library....”
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“International in scope, it also includes articles on sports little known in the United States?sports such as charioteering, korfball, luge, pelota, shinty, sumo, wushu, and the traditional games of various regions of the world.... In addition to the games themselves, the encyclopedia gives considerable attention to the social issues implicit in and illustrated by sport. [S]cholarly, but readable and always informative."
John Bale is a world authority on the geography of sport, a field he pioneered in recent years. He has published many articles and several books--including Landscapes of Modern Sport and Sport, Space, and the City--on geographical and historical aspects of sports.
Anthropologist Alyce Cheska was instrumental in establishing sports as a legitimate field of scholarly study. Among her many publications is the ground-breaking The Anthology of Sport, co-authored with Kendall Blanchard, a contributor to the Encyclopedia.
Gary Chick is a leader in the anthropological study of expressive activities and has more than forty publications that deal with play, games, leisure, and sports in their cultural contexts. He is a past president of the Association for the Study of Play.
Allen Guttmann teaches American Studies and has been a visiting professor at a number of German and Japanese universities. He is widely known for his writing on sport in global context; his books include Games and Empires (1994), A Whole New Ballgame (1988), Sports Spectators (1986), and The Games Must Go On (1984). He is co-editor with Karen Christensen and Gertrud Pfister of the International Encyclopedia of Women & Sport (Macmillan 1999).
Richard Holt is a historian well known for his writing on sports. He is the author of Sport and the British (1989) and Sport and Society in Modern France (1981), definitive studies of sport in modern European society.
Donald G. Kyle is a historian and author of Athletics in Ancient Athens. His extensive scholarly publications together with his editing and teaching have helped to establish the field of ancient sport studies.
John Loy, one of the founders of the field of the sociology of sport, is internationally known for his teaching and research on sport as a social institution and for over 100 published contributions about the sociocultural aspects of sport.
Roberta Park has been a major contributor to scholarly writing about the history of exercise science, sports medicine, and sport. She is co-editor of Sport and Exercise Science (1992) and a former president of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.