Sports Culture: An A-Z Guide

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We live in a culture in which sports play an important role. The growth in broadcasting, merchandising, iconography and the commercialization of sports has led to an increasing interest in the emerging field of sports culture.

This book examines individual issues, people, artefacts, events and organizations in their historical, social and cultural contexts. Coverage is wide-ranging

The book also includes suggestions for further reading to help with further study, and a comprehensive index.

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Editorial Reviews

...Extremely well written...
From Hank Aaron to Tiger Woods, a map of the terrain of sports culture, including its dark side of racism, sexism, drug abuse, and violence. Though Ellis (Staffordshire U.) is currently a sociologist in the UK, many of the short essays that make up its 174 entries focus on the business, people, and history of professional baseball, football, and basketball in the US. Sports has become deeply embedded in Western popular culture, and Ellis captures pop-culture references in a number of entries discussing sports-focused films. More academic and social concerns are also addressed, in entries on topics as diverse as Marxism, "modernity/postmodernity," parenthood, eating disorders, death, gambling, eroticism, and politics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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'Entertaining, informative and stimulating of new ideas, just the sort of reference to have close at hand and dip into from time time, either for information or inspiration. It is more suited to the academic than the public library, but a must for all those supporting studies in sport.' - Reference Reviews

'As well as being a valuable introduction to the subject, the book has suggestions for further reading, and is enjoyable to dip into.' - Library Association Record

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415181693
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/30/2000
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellis Cashmore is the author of Making Sense of Sport, The Black Culture Industry and other titles on the issues of culture, media and sports. He is professor of culture, media and sports at Staffordshire University.

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Table of Contents

Editorial team vi
Introduction vii
Acknowledgments xiii
Entries A-Z 1
Index 453
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