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Ellis Cashmore's unique, multidisciplinary introduction to the study of sport in its cultural context reaches its fifth edition, which comes enhanced with new chapters, new features and access to a new online resource center. New material includes discussions of Islam, exercise culture, sports management and the morality of sport. The addition of self-assessment tests, PowerPoint presentations, glossary and original podcasts of the author in conversation with leading scholars of sport supplement the book's value ...
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Making Sense of Sports

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Overview

Ellis Cashmore's unique, multidisciplinary introduction to the study of sport in its cultural context reaches its fifth edition, which comes enhanced with new chapters, new features and access to a new online resource center. New material includes discussions of Islam, exercise culture, sports management and the morality of sport. The addition of self-assessment tests, PowerPoint presentations, glossary and original podcasts of the author in conversation with leading scholars of sport supplement the book's value as a teaching instrument.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203872697
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 586
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ellis Cashmore is Professor of Culture, Media and Sport at Staffordshire University's School of Health. He joined the university in 1993. Before this, he was Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa, Florida; and, before this, Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Hong Kong.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why Competition Excites Us 2. Naturals: How Evolution, Culture and Our Genes Shape Us 3. Built For Action: What the Human Body Is Made Of and How it Works Burning Question: How Old Are Sports 4. Animal Origins: How History Turned Hunter-Gatherers into Champions? 5. The Hunt For Reasons: How Theories Of Sport Help Us Understand Sports 6. In The Mind: What Makes Winners Win and Losers Lose Burning Question: Are Parents Good Influences 7. Sports Emasculated: Why It Took Women So Long to Destroy the Myth of Frailty 8. Control Of The Body: How Science, Sex And Cyborgs Affect Sports 9. Behind On Points Why Black Athletes Are Symbols of Failure Burning Question: Do Cheats Epitomize Today’s Sports Better Than Fair Players? 10. The Moral Climate: How Sport Teaches What’s Right, But Encourages What’s Wrong 11. Champs and Cheats: Why Attempts to Eliminate Drugs Might Prove Futile 12. Not for the Fainthearted: Where Violence in Sports Comes From Burning Question: Why Don’t More Gay Athletes Come Out? 13. Representing the Challenge: How Art Has Influenced Our Appreciation Of Sports 14. A Match Made In Heaven: Why Television and Sports Are Inseparable 15. At the Business End: How Rupert Murdoch Became the Most Powerful Man In Sports Burning Question: Why Do People Become Hooked on Gambling? 16. The logo That Conquered the World: Why Nike Was A Key Player In The Globalization Of Sports 17. Exercise Mentality: How Perfectionism Became a Lifestyle Choice 18. Buying Into Celebrity Culture: How Athletes Jumped Onto the A-List Burning Question: Is Being Left-Handed An Advantage In Sports? 19. Same Rules, Different Game: Why Politics Always Been A Factor in International Sports 20. Tomorrow's Game: What an Ultra-Human Future Might Bring Bibliography Name and Subject Index Title index

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