Essays on Sport History and Sport Mythology

Essays on Sport History and Sport Mythology

by Donald G. Kyle
     
 


Sport has always been a legitimate focus for human energy, and in the last fifteen years it has emerged as a legitimate focus for scholarly energy as well. In this interdisciplinary overview of the study of sport, sociology, intellectual history, psychology, anthropology, and literature are brought to bear in seeking new understanding of the role and significance…  See more details below

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Sport has always been a legitimate focus for human energy, and in the last fifteen years it has emerged as a legitimate focus for scholarly energy as well. In this interdisciplinary overview of the study of sport, sociology, intellectual history, psychology, anthropology, and literature are brought to bear in seeking new understanding of the role and significance of sport in society. Some of the conclusions will be controversial or even disturbing, and the breadth of the volume clearly demonstrates that sport history is not merely a hobby.

As Jack W. Berryman notes in the introduction to the volume: “Each essay, in some distinctive manner, confronts the problem of general preconceptions and misconceptions in the study of sport history. The authors ask fundamental questions: what is sport, what is its significance over time, and how can sport be studied effectively?” Donald G. Kyle opens the questions with an examination of the myth of the decline of ancient Greek sport. Stephen Hardy proposes a new model for the interpretation of both early and modern sport. Steven A. Riess questions the historicity of the myth of social mobility through sport in America. Richard D. Mandell explains the history of theoretically profound and earnest modern criticism of sport. Allen Guttmann demythologizes the relationship between erotic impulses and sport.

This serious and timely study of sport aids in the reevaluation of many popular beliefs and traditional scholarly interpretations concerning sport in various ages and cultures. It offers much of value to all those interested in contemplating the nature and history of the phenomenon of sport.

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“. . . noteworthy for sophisticated interpretation of aggregate elections data. . . .The essays in this volume provide ample evidence that the study of antebellum American politics has attracted a skillful. and imaginative group of scholars. The work represented here, much of which previews more large scale work in progress, is steadily increasing our ability to comprehend the greatest crisis in American political history.” --The Journal of Southwest Georgia History
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Contains five lectures on sports delivered at the U. of Texas, March 1989. They discuss British sports scholar E. Norman Gardiner (1864-1930), entrepreneurs, social mobility, modern criticism, and eros. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890964545
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1990
Series:
Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures, published for the University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A&M University Press, #24
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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