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Sociology: sport & leisure

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Dark Tourism in the American West

Dark Tourism in the American West

Author: Jennifer Dawes Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2019

This edited collection expands scholarly and popular conversations about dark tourism in the American West. The phenomenon of dark tourism-traveling to sites of death, suffering, and disaster for entertainment or educational purposes-has been described and, on occasion, criticized for transforming misfortune and catastrophe into commodity. The impulse, however, continues, particularly in the American West: a liminal and contested space that resonates with stories of tragedy, violent conflict, and disaster. Contributions here specifically examine the mediation and shaping of these spaces into touristic destinations. The essays examine Western sites of massacre and battle (such as Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and the Waco Siege ), sites of imprisonment (such as Japanese-American internment camps and Alcatraz Island), areas devastated by ecological disaster (such as Martin's Cove and the Salton Sea), and unmediated sites (those sites left to the touristic imagination, with no interpretation of what occurred there, such as the Bennet-Arcane camp).

Fitness Doping Trajectories, Gender, Bodies and Health

Fitness Doping Trajectories, Gender, Bodies and Health

Author: Jesper Andreasson, Thomas Johansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2019

This book compiles several years of multi-faceted qualitative research on fitness doping to provide a fresh insight into how the growing phenomenon intersects with issues of gender, body and health in contemporary society. Drawing on biographical interviews, as well as online and offline ethnography, Andreasson and Johansson analyse how, in the context of the global development of gym and fitness culture, particular doping trajectories are formulated, and users come into contact with doping. They also explore users' internalisation of particular values, practices and communications and analyse how this influences understandings of the self, health, gender and the body, as well as tying this into wider beliefs regarding individual freedom and the law. This insight into doping goes beyond elite and organised sports, and will be of interest to students and scholars across the sociology of sport, leisure studies, and gender and body politics.

The Greening of Golf Sport, Globalization and the Environment

The Greening of Golf Sport, Globalization and the Environment

Author: Brad Millington, Brian Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2019

Golf is a major global industry. The sport is played by more than 60 million people worldwide and there are more than 32,000 courses in 140 countries across the globe. This book looks at the power relationships in and around golf, examining whether the industry has demonstrated sufficient leadership on environmental matters to be trusted to make weighty decisions with implications for public and environmental health. The first comprehensive study of the varying responses to golf-related environmental issues, it is based on extensive empirical work, including research into historical materials and interviews with stakeholders in golf such as course superintendents, protesters and health professionals. The authors examine golf as a sport and as a global industry, drawing on and contributing to literatures pertaining to environmental sociology, global social movements, institutional change, corporate environmentalism and the sociology of sport. -- .

Sport, Politics and Society In the Middle East

Sport, Politics and Society In the Middle East

Author: Danyel Reiche Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2019

Rethinking the Olympics Cultural Histories of the Modern Games

Rethinking the Olympics Cultural Histories of the Modern Games

Author: Robert K., PhD Barney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2019

This anthology of essays, previously published in Olympika: The International Centre for Olympic Studies , addresses key themes in the scholarly study of the Games. Part I presents seven articles devoted to Olympic history: the Games' legacy from antiquity, their modern evolution, and the most controversial Games of the modern era, the Berlin Games of 1936. Part II deals with the persistent problems and crises that confounded and defined the Olympic Games over time. The nine essays in this section focus on a variety of issues such as: performance enhancement; the rise of commercialism; enduring controversies in the form of leadership, corruption, and the Cold War; and the politics of hosting Olympic Games. Finally, in Part III, the future of the Modern Olympic Movement is addressed from the perspective of the rapidly accelerating and mushrooming process of globalisation.

Body Problems Running and Living Long in a Fast-Food Society

Body Problems Running and Living Long in a Fast-Food Society

Author: Ben (University of Texas, USA) Agger Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/07/2019

Body Problems addresses the relationship between the body and society in a fast-food culture. Agger focuses on issues of food, exercise, work, dieting and eating disorders, fashion, bariatric and cosmetic surgery, and health. He addresses a growing, fundamental dilemma that we have ample access to abundant calories yet lead lifestyles and have jobs that for the most part do not enable us to expend those calories. He proposes solutions, both individual and structural, that involve re-orienting ourselves to exercise as play. This second edition has been updated to include a new chapter on food capitalism and a concluding passage arguing Cartesian dualism can be resolved by exercising vegans in ways that would thwart this food capitalism and give people immense control over their bodies, health, and well-being. The book is ideal for courses in introductory sociology, social problems, work, sociology of sport and leisure, gender, and health and illness.

Body Problems Running and Living Long in a Fast-Food Society

Body Problems Running and Living Long in a Fast-Food Society

Author: Ben (University of Texas, USA) Agger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2019

Body Problems addresses the relationship between the body and society in a fast-food culture. Agger focuses on issues of food, exercise, work, dieting and eating disorders, fashion, bariatric and cosmetic surgery, and health. He addresses a growing, fundamental dilemma that we have ample access to abundant calories yet lead lifestyles and have jobs that for the most part do not enable us to expend those calories. He proposes solutions, both individual and structural, that involve re-orienting ourselves to exercise as play. This second edition has been updated to include a new chapter on food capitalism and a concluding passage arguing Cartesian dualism can be resolved by exercising vegans in ways that would thwart this food capitalism and give people immense control over their bodies, health, and well-being. The book is ideal for courses in introductory sociology, social problems, work, sociology of sport and leisure, gender, and health and illness.

The Suffering Body in Sport Shifting Thresholds of Pain, Risk and Injury

The Suffering Body in Sport Shifting Thresholds of Pain, Risk and Injury

Author: Kevin Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/07/2019

Public awareness of and sensitivity to questions of pain, risk and injury in sport is more acute than ever before. Whether it is questions of what sport (and fans) can realistically and responsibly expect of athletes, how revered practices almost inevitably culminate in suffering bodies, or the widespread attention being paid to injury outcomes (especially concussion), it is clear that sport in many settings currently operates in a climate that is both more scientifically and medically aware and more sensitive to risk 'outcomes'. This volume closely explores the full panorama of pain, risk and injury in the cultural, organizational and legal orbits of sport spaces. Aimed at students, researchers as well as applied professionals, the volume sets the cultural, structural and organizational context that gives rise to pain, risk and injury in the first place, provides substantive empirical examples from diverse sports arenas, looks at the key issues and dimensions of pain, risk and injury in the social consciousness today, and explores three different 'spins' on making sense of the subject matter -- from the position of the issue of consent and the courts, from the position of exploitation and corporate victimization, and from the understudied position of why athletes exit sport as an outcome of pain and injury and with what consequences. This timely and needed addition to the sport literature is an exciting 'on-the-bubble' treatment of a topic that is increasingly troubling authorities and affecting how and whether sport is undertaken.

The Emergence of Footballing Cultures Manchester, 1840-1919

The Emergence of Footballing Cultures Manchester, 1840-1919

Author: Gary James Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/07/2019

This study of Manchester football, by leading football historian Gary James, considers the sport's emergence, development and establishment through to its position as the city's leading team sport. The period from 1840 to 1919 saw football in Manchester develop from an inconsequential, occasionally outlawed activity, into a major business with a variety of popular football clubs and supporting industry. This book makes a distinct and original contribution to the historiography of sport. It is the first academic study into the development of association football in Manchester, and is directly linked to the current state of knowledge and debates within sports history on football's origins. It adds regional focus to inform the wider debate, contextualising the growth of the sport in the city and identifies communities who propagated and developed football. Robust research should ensure that this becomes the benchmark study of regional football. -- .

The Discipline of Leisure Embodying Cultures of 'Recreation'

The Discipline of Leisure Embodying Cultures of 'Recreation'

Author: Simon Coleman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2019

...forcefully and effectively opposes cultural models that strongly dichotomize social reproduction and social recreation. * JRAI an interesting anthropological attempt, or, rather, an impressive empirical contribution to exploring diverse contemporary themes in modern sports and leisure activities. In many ways, their book, which comprises of nine different and exciting empirical cases covering a rich ethnographic area, intends to expand and broaden the term sport as something more than just purely being an activity carried out for mental, physical or bodily restitution; it is a site of meaning production as well as consumption performed by individuals across the globe...the book represents an important contribution to the study of leisure. * Idrottsforum.org The burgeoning social scientific study of tourism has emphasized the effects of the post-industrial economy on travel and place. However, this volume takes some of these issues into a different area of leisure: the spare-time carved out by people as part of their everyday lives - time that is much more intimately juxtaposed with the pressures and influences of work life, and which often involves specific bodily practices associated with hobbies and sports. An important focus of the book is the body as a site of identity formation, experience, and disciplined recreation of the self. Contributors examine the ways rituals, sports, and forms of bodily transformation mediate between contemporary ideologies of freedom, choice and self-control.

We Average Unbeautiful Watchers Fan Narratives and the Reading of American Sports

We Average Unbeautiful Watchers Fan Narratives and the Reading of American Sports

Author: Noah Cohan Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2019

Sports fandom-often more than religious, political, or regional affiliation-determines how millions of Americans define themselves. In We Average Unbeautiful Watchers, Noah Cohan examines contemporary sports culture to show how mass-mediated athletics are in fact richly textured narrative entertainments rather than merely competitive displays. While it may seem that sports narratives are written by athletes and journalists, Cohan demonstrates that fans are not passive consumers but rather function as readers and writers who appropriate those narratives and generate their own stories in building their sense of identity. Critically reading stories of sports fans' self-definition across genres, from the novel and the memoir to the film and the blog post, We Average Unbeautiful Watchers recovers sports games as sites where fan-authors theorize interpretation, historicity, and narrative itself. Fan stories demonstrate how unscripted sporting entertainments function as identity-building narratives-which, in turn, enhances our understanding of the way we incorporate a broad range of texts into our own life stories. Building on the work of sports historians, theorists of fan behavior, and critics of American literature, Cohan shows that humanistic methods are urgently needed for developing nuanced critical conversations about athletics. Sports take shape as stories, and it is scholars in the humanities who can best identify how they do so-and why that matters for American culture more broadly.

Playing on an Uneven Field Essays on Exclusion and Inclusion in Sports

Playing on an Uneven Field Essays on Exclusion and Inclusion in Sports

Author: Yuya Kiuchi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2019

We expect sports to be fair and equal. If one works hard, everyone has a chance to win. But is it really true? In reality, female athletes are paid far less than male counterparts. Youth sports cost too much for many families to participate in. African American athletes continue to face discrimination on and off the field. Adaptive sports are considered to be only for those with disabilities. But we also see signs of progress. Sport organizations try to promote equality and fairness through sports. We will explore the intricate relationship between sports and inclusion/exclusion.