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Sport : A Cultural History

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745638600
  • 9780745638607

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The book presents a cultural history of sport by examining how the collective passions and feelings of people have contributed to the making of sporting cultures. The popularity of sport is so pronounced in some cases that we speak of certain sports as 'national pastimes'. Baseball in the United States, soccer in Britain and cricket in the Caribbean are among the relevant examples discussed in the book. Rather than regarding the historical development of sport as the outcome of passive spectator reception, the book is interested in how sporting cultures have been made and developed over time through the active engagement of its enthusiasts. This is to study the history of sport not only 'from below', but also 'from within', as a means to understanding the 'deep relationship' between sport and people within class contexts - the middle class as well as the working class. Contestation over the making of sport along axes of race, gender and class are discussed at relevant points throughout the book. Sport: A Cultural History will appeal to students and academics within humanities disciplines such as history, and cultural studies and to those in sport studies programmes interested in the historical, cultural and social aspects of sport.show more

About John Hughson

John Hughson, Senior Lecturer in Physical Education, University of Otago, New Zealandshow more