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Sport and Society: History, Power and Culture Graham Scambler

Sport and Society: History, Power and Culture By Graham Scambler

Sport and Society: History, Power and Culture by Graham Scambler


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Presents an account of the contemporary sociology of sport. This title traces the key 'moments' in the transition from pre-modern to modern sport, giving detailed accounts of the athletic competition in the ancient games at Olympia; the genesis of modern track-and-field athletics in 19th-century England; and, the reconstruction by de Coubertin.

Sport and Society: History, Power and Culture Summary

Sport and Society: History, Power and Culture by Graham Scambler

This is a succinct and comprehensive account of the contemporary sociology of sport. It starts by tracing the key 'moments' in the transition from pre-modern to modern sport, giving detailed accounts of the athletic competition in the ancient games at Olympia; the genesis of modern track-and-field athletics in nineteenth-century England; and the reconstruction by de Coubertin and unfolding of the Olympic movement through the twentieth century.

The second section analyses features of sport in detail:

  • The links between exercise, sport and health, including a look at growing rates of obesity and of the role of drug use in society and sport
  • The hyper-commodification of football in the 1990s
  • Representations of sport in the media
  • Sports iconography, with sociological portraits of Muhammad Ali and David Beckham
  • The re-emergence of violence in sport
The third section critically analyses the various theoretical approaches adopted by sociologists, and presents a distinctive new theoretical framework for understanding the changing role of sport in society in the era of global disorganized capitalism.

This is key reading for students and researchers in sociology of sport and leisure, sport science and health.

About Graham Scambler

Graham Scambler is a professor of sociology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at University College, London.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction

Part One: History and Sport

Chapter 1: The Ancient Games
Chapter 2: The Genesis of Modern Sport
Chapter 3: The Modern Olympiads

Part Two: Features of Contemporary Sport

Chapter 4: Exercise, Sport and Health
Chapter 5: Sport and Violence: A "De-Civilizing Spurt"?
Chapter 6: The Colonialization and Mediation of Sport

Part Three: Social Theory and Sport

Chapter 7: Sociological Perspectives on Sport
Chapter 8: Towards a Critical Sociology of Sport

References
Index

Additional information

GOR002508202
9780335210701
0335210708
Sport and Society: History, Power and Culture by Graham Scambler
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Open University Press
2005-05-01
224
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