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Sociology: sport & leisure

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Ultras The Passion and Performance of Contemporary Football Fandom

Ultras The Passion and Performance of Contemporary Football Fandom

Author: Mark Doidge, Radoslaw Kossakowski, Svenja-Maria Mintert Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/02/2020

Ultras have become the most dominant style of football fandom in the world having spread from Southern Europe across North Africa to Northern and Eastern Europe, SE Asia and North America. This book argues that ultras are an important site of enquiry into understanding contemporary society. They are a passionate, politically engaged collective that base their identity around a form of consumption (football) that links to modern notions of identity like masculinity and nationalism. Ultras: the Passion and Performance of Contemporary Football Fandom seeks to make a clear theoretical shift in studies of football fandom. Focussing on the common form of expression through the performance of choreographies, chants and sustained support throughout the match, this book shows how members build an emotional attachment to their club that valorises the colours and symbols of that team, whilst mobilising members against opponents. -- .

The Athlete's Covenant The Moral Transformation of Team Players

The Athlete's Covenant The Moral Transformation of Team Players

Author: Suzanne S. Hudd Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2020

Using everyday sporting experiences as a foundation, Suzanne S. Hudd lays out a set of informal rules that athletic team members learn to uphold. Prescribed within the athlete's covenant, these guidelines support the transformation of the player's individual commitment to hard work into a set of collective, role-related obligations that are applicable across time and sport. Hudd's analysis highlights this everyday sportsmanship practiced within the team which flows naturally from the mimicry and synchrony that players routinely use to perfect their talents. Working to turn star players into team players, the covenant encourages athletes to set their sights on goals that surpass what their individual talents alone can provide. Hudd theorizes our waning commitment to these important collectivistic properties of sport has contributed to the belief that sportsmanship is a thing of the past.

Sports in African American Life Essays on History and Culture

Sports in African American Life Essays on History and Culture

Author: Drew D. Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

Race and sports scholar Harry Edward was among the first to ask: What have sports done for the African American athlete and vise-versa? The answer: each has made and continues to make momentous contributions to the other. Edward's inquiry sparked various examinations of sport that revealed both the successes and an impediments experienced by many black athletes. This wide-ranging collection of new essays explores the inextricable ties between African Americans and sports culture. Contributors address such topics as the historical context of African American participation in major U.S. sports, social justice and responsibility, gender and identity, and media and art.

Sport, Physical Culture, and the Moving Body Materialisms, Technologies, Ecologies

Sport, Physical Culture, and the Moving Body Materialisms, Technologies, Ecologies

Author: Mary Louise Adams Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2020

The moving body-pervasively occupied by fitness activities, intense training and dieting regimes, recreational practices, and high-profile sporting mega-events-holds a vital function in contemporary society. As the body moves-as it performs, sweats, runs, and jumps-it sets in motion an intricate web of scientific rationalities, spatial arrangements, corporate imperatives, and identity politics (i.e. politics of gender, race, social class, etc.). It represents vitality in its productive and physiological capacities, it drives a complex economy of experiences and products, and it is a meaningful site of cultural identities and politics. Contributors to Sport, Physical Culture, and the Moving Body work from a simple premise: as it moves, the material body matters. Adding to the burgeoning fields of sport studies and body studies, the works featured here draw upon the traditions of feminist theory, posthumanism, actor network theory, and new materialism to reposition the physical, moving body as crucial to the cultural, political, environmental, and economic systems that it constitutes and within which is constituted. Once assembled, the book presents a study of bodies in motion-made to move in contexts where technique, performance, speed, strength, and vitality not only define the conduct therein, but provide the very reason for the body's being within those economies and environments. In so doing, the contributors look to how the body moving for and about rational systems of science, medicine, markets, and geopolity shapes the social and material world in important and unexpected ways. In Sport, Physical Culture, and the Moving Body, contributors explore the extent to which the body, when moving about both ostensibly active body spaces (i.e., the gymnasium, the ball field, exercise laboratory, the track or running trail, the beach, or the sport stadium) and those places less often connected to physical activity (i.e. the home, the street, the classroom, the automobile), is bounded to technologies of life and living; and to the political arrangements that seek to capitalize upon such frames of biological vitality. To do so, the authors problematize the rise of active body science (i.e. kinesiology, sport and exercise sciences, performance biotechnology) and the effects these scientific interventions have on embodied, lived experience. Contributors to Sport, Physical Culture, and the Moving Body will be engaging a range of new and emerging theoretical perspectives, including new materialist, political ecology, developmental systems theory, and new material feminist approaches, to examine the actors and assemblages of movement-based material, political, and economic production. In so doing, contributors will vividly and powerfully illustrate the extent to which a focus on the fleshed body and its material conditions can bring forth new insights or ontological and epistemological innovation to the sociology of sport and physical activity. They will also explore the agency of the body as and amongst things. Such a performative materialist approach explicates how complex assemblages of sport and physical activity-bringing into association everything from muscle fibers and dietary proteins to stadium concrete or regional aquifers-are not only meaningful, but ecological. By focusing on the confluence of agentive materialities, disciplinary technologies, vibrant assemblages, speculative realities, and vital performativities, Sport, Physical Culture, and the Moving Body promises to offer a groundbreaking departure from representationalist tendencies and orthodoxies brought about by the cultural turn in sport and physical cultural studies. It brings the moving body and its physics back into focus: recentering moving flesh and bones as locus of social order, environmental change, and the global political economy.

The Athlete as National Symbol Critical Essays on Sports in the International Arena

The Athlete as National Symbol Critical Essays on Sports in the International Arena

Author: Nicholas Villanueva Jr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

Examining the phenomenon of nationalism in the world of sport, this book identifies moments when athletes became national symbols through their actions on and off of the playing field. Since the break-up of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, and related global events of the 1980s and 1990s, scholars have explored how race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by nationalism and national participation. This collection of new essays examines athletes in a global context. Topics include: race, golf and the struggle for social justice in South Africa; how sport became a battleground within the Israel/Palestine conflict; multiculturalism and the Olympic Games; and white privilege in sport. Through case studies, contributors explore the strength (and fragility) associated with national identity, and how athletes become icons for their nations.

Beyond 9 to 5 Your Life in Time

Beyond 9 to 5 Your Life in Time

Author: Sara Norgate Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/12/2019

In Beyond 9 to 5, Sarah Norgate investigates the psychological, social, and cultural influences that affect the way we regard and are affected by time. Using everyday examples from around the world, her intriguing analysis unravels both the mental and biological mysteries of our relationships with time and provides a clear understanding of the links among behavior, brain, and genes. Norgate begins by musing on the origins of our obsession with punctuality; the conflicting practices of rushing and taking things slow; economy-driven proverbs from highly industrialized nations-Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today-and how they differ from beliefs and attitudes in more rural areas; why some countries like Japan promote a 24/7 lifestyle while others still have trouble allowing businesses to open on Sunday; and which city moves at a faster pace, New York or Dublin? Norgate's examination of global trends yields surprising results. Norgate then considers the biological effects of irregular hours, night shifts, cram sessions, round-the-clock consumption, and other potentially unhealthy characteristics of modern living. In addition, she looks at how our relationship with time evolves throughout our lives, from birth to old age, tracing the connection between longevity and memory and how such conditions as Parkinson's disease, addiction, sensory impairment, and autism change our perception of time. Norgate concludes by uniting these threads to better understand the universality of our temporal landscapes. An engaging mix of cultural reference and research, Beyond 9 to 5 is a compelling look at what makes us human.

The Nordic Model and Physical Culture

The Nordic Model and Physical Culture

Author: Mikkel B. Tin Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/12/2019

This book examines the relationships between the Nordic social democratic welfare system ('The Nordic Model') and physical culture, across the domains of sport, education, and public space. Presenting important new empirical research, it helps us to understand how the paradoxical blend of social democracy and liberalism in the Nordic countries influences physical culture, which in turn contributes to a quality of life that ranks highest in the world. Drawing on perspectives from sociology, cultural studies, history, education, political science, outdoor studies, and urban studies, the book explores topics such as dance education for sport students, doping in cross-country skiing, outdoor education, the active body, and the ideology of public parks. It includes research material from across the region, including Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, and Denmark. This is fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in physical culture, sport studies, leisure studies, or outdoor studies, as well as sociologists or political scientists with an interest in Nordic politics, culture, and society.

Kicking Center Gender and the Selling of Women's Professional Soccer

Kicking Center Gender and the Selling of Women's Professional Soccer

Author: Rachel Allison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2019

Girls and young women participate in soccer at record levels and the Women's National Team regularly draws media, corporate, and popular attention. Yet despite increased representation and visibility, gender disparities in opportunity, compensation, training resources, and media airtime persist in soccer, and two professional leagues for women have failed since 2000. In Kicking Center, Rachel Allison investigates a women's soccer league seeking to break into the male-dominated center of U.S. professional sport. Through an examination of the challenges and opportunities identified by those working for and with this league, she demonstrates how gender inequality is both constructed and contested in professional sport. Allison details the complex constructions of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the selling and marketing of women's soccer in a half-changed sports landscape characterized by both progress and backlash, and where professional sports are still understood to be men's territory.

Testing for Athlete Citizenship Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport

Testing for Athlete Citizenship Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport

Author: Kathryn E. Henne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2019

Incidents of doping in sports are common in news headlines, despite regulatory efforts. How did doping become a crisis? What does a doping violation actually entail? Who gets punished for breaking the rules of fair play? In Testing for Athlete Citizenship, Kathryn E. Henne, a former competitive athlete and an expert in the law and science of anti-doping regulations, examines the development of rules aimed at controlling performance enhancement in international sports. As international and celebrated figures, athletes are powerful symbols, yet few spectators realize that a global regulatory network is in place in an attempt to ensure ideals of fair play. The athletes caught and punished for doping are not always the ones using performance-enhancing drugs to cheat. In the case of female athletes, violations of fair play can stem from their inherent biological traits. Combining historical and ethnographic approaches, Testing for Athlete Citizenship offers a compelling account of the origins and expansion of anti-doping regulation and gender-verification rules. Drawing on research conducted in Australasia, Europe, and North America, Henne provides a detailed account of how race, gender, class, and postcolonial formations of power shape these ideas and regulatory practices. Testing for Athlete Citizenship makes a convincing case to rethink the power of regulation in sports and how it separates athletes as a distinct class of citizens subject to a unique set of rules because of their physical attributes and abilities.

The Sociology of Gambling in China

The Sociology of Gambling in China

Author: Tijie Cheng Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2019

This study is the result of years of teaching and research by Professor T.J. Cheng at the University of Macau. His knowledge of Macau, the world's gambling capital which is larger than Las Vegas in absolute money terms, has afforded him to the opportunity to analyse both the personal and social impact of gambling. This bold and far-sighted work attempts to analyze gambling behaviour in a systematic, all-round and multi-perspective manner. All facets of gambling are discussed including culture, history, economics, legality, human health and the Chinese experience. In putting forward the notion of a Sociology of Gambling Professor Cheng weaves many strands of a complex field and offers both an interesting and scientific understanding of the subject. This book will appeal to students of China, sociology and gambling as well as policy makers and industry professionals involved with the gambling industry. This in depth study based around the Macau experience offers a perspective on Chinese culture of gambling and its social and psychological impact. This multi-faceted analysis of gambling has wide ranging implications not only for China but many other cultures in Asia and the west. A sociological perspectives makes this a rigorous analysis rather than an anecdotal description of gambling in China.

The Pokemon Go Phenomenon Essays on Public Play in Contested Spaces

The Pokemon Go Phenomenon Essays on Public Play in Contested Spaces

Author: Jamie Henthorn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2019

Pokemon Go is not just play-the game has had an impact on public spaces, social circles and technology, suggesting new ways of experiencing our world. This collection of new essays explores what Pokemon Go can tell us about how and why we play. Covering a range of topics from mobile hardware and classroom applications to social conflict and urban planning, the contributors approach Pokemon Go from both practical and theoretical angles, anticipating the impact play will have on our digitally augmented world.

DC Sports The Nation's Capital at Play

DC Sports The Nation's Capital at Play

Author: Chris Elsey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2019

Washington, DC, is best known for its politics and monuments, butsport has always been an integral part of the city, and Washingtonians are among the country's most avid sports fans. DC Sports gathers seventeen essays examining the history of sport in the nation's capital, from turn-of-the-century venues such as the White Lot, Griffith Stadium, and DC Memorial Stadium to Howard-Lincoln Thanksgiving Day football games of the roaring twenties; from the surprising season of the 1969 Washington Senators to the success of Georgetown basketball during the 1980s. This collection covers the field, including public recreation, high-school athletics, intercollegiate athletics, professional sports, sports journalism, and sports promotion. A southern city at heart, Washington drew a strong color line in every facet of people's lives. Race informed how sport was played, written about, and watched in the city. In 1962, the Redskins became the final National Football League team to integrate. That same year, a race riot marred the city's high-school championship game in football. A generation later, race as an issue resurfaced after Georgetown's African American head coach John Thompson Jr. led the Hoyas to national prominence in basketball. DC Sports takes a hard look at how sports in one city has shaped culture and history, and how culture and history inform sports. This informative and engaging collection will appeal to fans and students of sports and those interested in the rich history of the nation's capital.