From Ritual to Record: The Nature of Modern Sports / Edition 1

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Overview

Originally published in 1978, From Ritual to Record was one of the first books to recognize the importance of sports as a lens on the fundamental structure of societies. In this reissue, Guttmann emphasizes the many ways that modern sports, dramatically different from the sports of previous eras, have profoundly shaped contemporary life.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement - Julian Symons

A pioneering work in a field remarkably little touched... For any future writer about the philosophy or the sociology of sport in general, this book will be required reading.

London Sunday Times - Brian Glanville

[Guttmann's] lucid, original, stimulating, blessedly jargon-free book does something to lighten our darkness. His pleasant, incisive style reflects a mind uncluttered by prejudice or ideology.

Times Literary Supplement
A pioneering work in a field remarkably little touched... For any future writer about the philosophy or the sociology of sport in general, this book will be required reading.

— Julian Symons

Virginia Quarterly

The chief advantage that Guttmann has over other sports theoreticians is a willingness to employ the techniques of modern rhetoric in creating some order out of the ideological confusion now swirling around his subject. He is a definer, a synthesizer, a causal analyst, as well as an arguer and a counter-arguer.

London Sunday Times
[Guttmann's] lucid, original, stimulating, blessedly jargon-free book does something to lighten our darkness. His pleasant, incisive style reflects a mind uncluttered by prejudice or ideology.

— Brian Glanville

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231133418
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: updated edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,042,270
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen Guttmann is professor of American studies at Amherst College. His many books include The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games, Games and Empires: Modern Sports and Cultural Imperialism (Columbia), and a translation of Peter Kühnst's Sports: A Cultural History in the Mirror of Art. He lives in Leverett, Massachusetts.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Play, Games, Contests, SportsFrom Ritual to RecordCapitalism, Protestantism, and Modern SportWhy Baseball Was Our National GameThe Fascination of FootballIndividualism ReconsideredConclusionAfterword. From Ritual to Record: A Retrospective Critique

Columbia University Press

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