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Sociology: sport & leisure

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Skateboarding and Religion

Skateboarding and Religion

Author: Paul O'Connor Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2019

This book explores the ways in which religion is observed, performed, and organised in skateboard culture. Drawing on scholarship from the sociology of religion and the cultural politics of lifestyle sports, this work combines ethnographic research with media analysis to argue that the rituals of skateboarding provide participants with a rich cultural canvas for emotional and spiritual engagement. Paul O'Connor contends that religious identification in skateboarding is set to increase as participants pursue ways to both control and engage meaningfully with an activity that has become an increasingly mainstream and institutionalised sport. Religion is explored through the themes of myth, celebrity, iconography, pilgrimage, evangelism, cults, and self-help.

Make the People Happy An Intimate History of Liverpool Football Club

Make the People Happy An Intimate History of Liverpool Football Club

Author: Tony Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

In his latest book Tony Evans once again turns his attention to Liverpool, the city and the football club, this time looking at both from an historical perspective and providing readers with a tremendous oral history which will perfectly capture this unique community, its passion and its pride. Through characters such as Bill Shankly (who, when asked what his ambitions for the club had been, said quite simply 'I just wanted to make the people happy.'), as well as the super-sized personality that is J rgen Klopp, whose all-or-nothing style of football management has not only captured the hearts of the fans, but has also boosted all those associated with this great club, Tony Evans will capture the ties that bind this great city with its team. Set against a backdrop of political turmoil and social and economic pressure, it will also capture the voices of fans, managers, those connected to the club and the city and those who have lived through the amazing highs and catastrophic lows - from Heysel to Hillsborough, from remarkable victories and cup glory to disastrous performances against the likes of Real Madrid in the recent UEFA Cup.

Urban Events, Place Branding and Promotion Place Event Marketing

Urban Events, Place Branding and Promotion Place Event Marketing

Author: Waldemar Cudny Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2019

Urban Events, Place Branding and Promotion explores the phenomenon of place event marketing, examining the ways in which events are used to brand and disseminate information about a place. It provides a novel contribution to the literature, capturing the growing interest in place promotion, and offers in-depth insights on the role of events. With a focus on urban locations, this book defines the scope and concept of place event marketing. It demonstrates that different kinds of events, for leisure and business, can be used to successfully develop, promote, and brand different types of places. Individual chapters written by a variety of leading academics explore how various public and non-governmental institutions that deal with promotion and marketing communications of places can implement event marketing activities, and how such institutions organize, co-organize and sponsor different events. The effects of event marketing activities on urban place promotion and branding are thoroughly explored through a variety of international empirical case studies. This will be of great interest to upper-level students and researchers in Events Marketing and Management, Tourism and the broader field of Urban Geography. The concluding chapter also proposes future research directions.

Sport, Development and Environmental Sustainability

Sport, Development and Environmental Sustainability

Author: Rob (University of Toronto, Canada) Millington Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/10/2019

This is the first book to consider the intersections of sport, international development and environmental sustainability. It explores the tensions between sport's potential contribution to the environment and its rather poor record to date. Bringing together a diverse group of scholars who approach the topic from various disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, the book provides both critical and optimistic perspectives on the place of sport in sustainable development. Chapters examine and question how and whether sport contributes to sustainable development on an international scale. Attention is also paid to the place and role of Indigenous knowledge in sustainable Sport for Development, particularly as an alternative to modernization and/or in support of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Sport, Development and Environmental Sustainability is important reading for academic researchers, students, and policy-makers in the fields of kinesiology, sport studies, sport sociology, leisure studies, sport management, sport media, physical cultural studies, environmental studies and sustainability, and international development studies.

Dark Tourism in the American West

Dark Tourism in the American West

Author: Jennifer Dawes Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2019

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).

Gridiron Gourmet Gender and Food at the Football Tailgate

Gridiron Gourmet Gender and Food at the Football Tailgate

Author: Maria J. Veri, Rita Liberti Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2019

On football weekends in the United States, thousands of fans gather in the parking lots outside of stadiums, where they park their trucks, let down the gates, and begin a pregame ritual of drinking and grilling. Tailgating, which began in the early 1900s as a quaint picnic lunch outside of the stadium, has evolved into a massive public social event with complex menus, extravagant creative fare, and state-of-art grilling equipment. Unlike traditional notions of the home kitchen, the blacktop is a highly masculine culinary environment in which men and the food they cook are often the star attractions. Gridiron Gourmet examines tailgating as shown in television, film, advertising, and cookbooks, and takes a close look at the experiences of those tailgaters who are as serious about their brisket as they are about cheering on their favorite team, demonstrating how and why the gendered performances on the football field are often matched by the intensity of the masculine displays in front of grills, smokers, and deep fryers.

Das sowjetische Fieber - Fussballfans im poststalinistischen Vielvoelkerreich

Das sowjetische Fieber - Fussballfans im poststalinistischen Vielvoelkerreich

Author: Manfred Zeller, Nikolaus Katzer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2019

What did the citizens of the Soviet Union identify with? Where did the societal faultlines lie? Did mass demonstrations destabilize Soviet order? How did informal groups come into being within a society based on uniformity? What impact did media and new forms of connection have on the development of a multinational Soviet society? What remained after the end of the Soviet Union? Using Soviet soccer teams from Moscow (Spartak, Dynamo, ZSKA) and Kiev (Dynamo) as examples, Manfred Zeller tells a story of community and enmity in the post-Stalinist empire. He analyzes the complex loyalties that governed group identities and explains phenomena like the love-hate relationship between Kiev and Moscow. 'Moscow against Kiev' in Soviet times was not a question of war and peace, but in soccer there was already a feeling of 'us against them.' Zeller's book is an important contribution to research on Soviet culture after Stalin as well as to contemporary debates on antagonism in the post-Soviet world.

Motorcycling and Leisure Understanding the Recreational PTW Rider

Motorcycling and Leisure Understanding the Recreational PTW Rider

Author: Paul Broughton, Linda Walker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2019

Despite the fact that there are around 1.2 million powered two wheelers (PTWs) within the United Kingdom, riders are often misconceived as living at the edge of society; however, this is often far from the truth. Riding a PTW is a high-risk activity and those who ride are often perceived as being 'risk junkies', but through an in-depth exploration of this leisure activity, Motorcycling and Leisure explains that riders ride because they enjoy it and do not necessarily enjoy the risk involved. The book presents a range of contemporary research on riders and how they find enjoyment. The book further explores the rider goal of enjoyment and utilises Fuller's task homeostasis theory along with Csikszentmihalyi's theory of flow to develop an understanding of the interaction between risk and goals. In conclusion it develops principles of interventions with the aim of guiding intervention design and reducing the number of motorcycle crashes.

Beyond 9 to 5 Your Life in Time

Beyond 9 to 5 Your Life in Time

Author: Sara Norgate Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/08/2019

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.

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: 13/08/2019

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: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/2019

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.

Fighting As Real As It Gets A Micro-Sociological Encounter

Fighting As Real As It Gets A Micro-Sociological Encounter

Author: Michael Staack Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2019