The Sports Process: A Comparative and Developmental Approach

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The Sports Process uses a historical/developmental approach to explore the development of sport, its international diffusion, and ongoing changes in sport around the world.

Thirteen international leaders in the sociology of sport study sport beginning with the ancient world and progressing through the end of the cold war. They examine how sport development is affected by
-politics,

-gender roles,

-nationalism,...

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Overview

The Sports Process uses a historical/developmental approach to explore the development of sport, its international diffusion, and ongoing changes in sport around the world.

Thirteen international leaders in the sociology of sport study sport beginning with the ancient world and progressing through the end of the cold war. They examine how sport development is affected by
-politics,

-gender roles,

-nationalism,

-capitalism,

-class,

-race conflict, and

-economics.
Part I, Perspectives on the Making of Modern Sports, emphasizes the need to study sports not only in one place and time, but as they change and evolve through time. The contributors contend that to understand any sport as it exists today, you must examine the social processes that transformed it from early forms of play into an organized game. Part I looks at these processes over a broad span of time, from ancient civilizations through the Victorian period.

Part II examines the diffusion of modern sport from its beginnings in 18th-century England throughout the rest of the world. You'll learn about some of the factors that influenced this diffusion, both outward to other countries and downward within each country from higher to lower social levels.

Part III compares sports across modern cultures. The contributors examine how major ideologies of the 20th century--capitalism, socialism, and nationalism--have affected the practice and development of sport in various countries.

The Sports Processis a valuable reference for scholars and students studying the sociology of sport. The book also includes such special features as suggested research tasks, a guide to further reading, and essay suggestions which make it an excellent supplemental text for classes in sport sociology, sport history, and comparative physical culture.

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Beginning with sport in the ancient world and progressing through the end of the cold war, contributions by sports sociologists examine how sport development is affected by politics, gender roles, nationalism, capitalism, class, race conflict, and economics. The editors are English, but the contributors are from many nations. Suggestions for essays and class discussion are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880116244
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/12/1996
  • Pages: 336

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sports in Comparative and Developmental
Perspective

Part I: Perspectives on the Making of Modern Sports

-The Sociology of Sport in the Ancient World
Peter McIntosh

-Sport in the Civilising Process: Aspects of the Development of Modern Sport
Eric Dunning

-The Victorian Cult of the Family and the Early Years of Female Sport
Jennifer Hargreaves

-The Critique of Sport in Modernity: Theorising Power, Culture, and the Politics of the Body
Richard Gruneau

-Conclusion to Part I
Part II: Aspects of the Diffusion and Development of Modern Sports

-The Diffusion of Sports and the Problem of Cultural Imperialism
Allen Guttmann

-Sport in Developing Countries
Klaus Heinemann

-International Aspects of Sport in Latin America: Perceptions, Prospects and Proposals
Joseph L. Arbena

-The Industrialisation of the United States and the
'Bourgeoisification' of American Sport,
Alan Ingham and Robert Beamish

-American Football, British Society, and Global Sport Development
Joseph Maguire

-Conclusion to Part II
Part III: Comparative and Developmental Studies of Modern Sports Cultures

-Sport in Capitalist and Socialist Countries: A Western
Perspective
James Riordan

-Sport, Politics, and South Africa (1948-1989)
Grant Jarvie

-Sport and the Economy: A Developmental Perspective
Bero Rigauer

-Conclusion to Part III
Postscript: Sociology and the Sociology of Sport in a Rapidly Changing World

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