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Overview

On the soccer field and the basketball court, in the football stadium and the baseball park, far more is played out than a game of athletic skill. In this collection of essays, the influential sports theorist Alan Tomlinson delves into the phenomenon of contemporary sport and reveals much about its impact on local, national, and global culture. This far-reaching book includes essays ranging from an in-depth examination of sport culture in one working-class English community to a theoretical discussion of how national identity is often linked to sport. Through ethnographic techniques, Tomlinson uses sport and leisure to explore issues of identity, globalization, American cultural hegemony, and the media. Whether analyzing the legacy of the World Cup or the Olympics; urban games or suburban leisure; historical traditions or modern spaces in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia- his essays show how sport and leisure cultures contribute to the dynamics of power in societies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816633821
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 5/18/2005
  • Series: Sport and Culture Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Tomlinson is professor of leisure studies at the University of Brighton, UK, where he heads the Chelsea School Research Centre and its Sport and Leisure Cultures research group.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : analyzing sport and leisure cultures
1 Magnificent trivia : Olympic spectacle, opening ceremonies, and some paradoxes of globalization 9
2 Sport, politics, and identities : comparative sport cultures 29
3 FIFA and the Men's World Cup : the expansion of the global football family 53
4 Sport, cultural diversity, and national identity : the Swiss case 83
5 Stateside football : the Men's World Cup USA 1994 and its legacy 105
6 Eastern promise? : football in the societies and cultures of the Middle and Far East 131
7 Patterns of consumption in sport and leisure cultures : urban space and suburban fears 159
8 The politics of men's leisure : northern English working-class culture in the 1930s 183
9 Continuities and change in male working-class leisure : the case of Knur and Spell 205
Conclusion : observations and research directions 227
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