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Understanding Sports Culture
Author: Tony Schirato

ISBN: 9781412907392
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 17 August 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 0.9
Description:
"In only 138 pages of text he manages a broad sweep across sports history and culture...Schirato brings the eye of a critical fan to his analysis of sport - he treats it seriously as a social practice and as a social institution...[He] achieves his aims by providing a useful, provocative and non-dogmatic text that should be useful to undergraduate and graduate sport studies programmes." - Malcolm MacLean, Sport in History "A particular strength of Understanding Sports Culture is the author's ability to meet the claim for breadth of student readership. The book is clearly structured, flagging from the outset a journey from ancient sporting times and the assumed human need of play to the development of modern and ultimately global and highly commercialized sporting cultures." - John Hughson, European Journal of Cultural Studies ?Understanding Sport Culture traces and analyzes the development of the modern field of sport from its ancient and medieval precursors (the festivals of Greece and Rome, and games such as folk football), through to its inception in the mid-nineteenth century as a set of activities designed to instill character and discipl...

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