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A Companion to Sport

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A Companion to Sport brings together writing by leading sports theorists and social and cultural thinkers, to explore sport as a central element of contemporary culture.

  • Positions sport as a crucial subject for critical analysis, as one of the most significant forms of popular culture
  • Includes both well-known social and cultural theorists whose work lends itself to an interrogation of sport, and leading theorists of sport itself
  • Offers a comprehensive examination of sport as a social and cultural practice and institution
  • Explores sport in relation to modernity, postcolonial theory, gender, violence, race, disability and politics

Author Biography

David L. Andrews is Professor of Physical Cultural Studies at the University of Maryland. He previously held an associate professorship in the Department of Human Movement Sciences and Education at the University of Memphis. He is the author of Sport-Commerce-Culture: Essays on Sport in Late Capitalist America (2006), and the co-editor of Sport, culture and advertising: Identities, commodities and the politics of representation (2004), Sport and Corporate Nationalisms (2004), and Qualitative methods in sport studies (2005).

Ben Carrington teaches sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and is a Carnegie Visiting Research Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University in England.  His most recent book is Race, Sport and Politics: The Sporting Black Diaspora (2010).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sports as Escape, Struggle and Art
David L. Andrews and Ben Carrington

Part One: Sporting Structures and Historical Formations

1. Constructing Knowledge: Histories of Modern Sport
Douglas Booth

2. Sport and Globalization
Roland Robertson and Richard Giulianotti

3. The Sport/Media Complex: Formation, Flowering and Future
David Rowe

4. Political Theories of Social Class, Sport, and the Body
Joshua T. Newman and Mark Falcous

5. Gender, Feminist Theory and Sport
Sheila Scraton and Anne Flintoff

6. Sports Medicine, Health, and the Politics of Risk
Parissa Safai

7. Sport, Ecological Modernization, and the Environment
Brian Wilson and Brad Millington

Part Two: Bodies and Identities

8. Paradox of Privilege: Sport, Masculinities, and the Commodified Body
Jeffrey Montez de Oca

9. Racism, Body Politics, and Football
Mark Q. Sawyer and Cory Charles Gooding

10. Physical Culture, Pedagogies of Health and the Gendered Body
Emma Rich and John Evans

11. Gay Male Athletes and  Shifting Masculine Identities
Eric Anderson

12. Sport, the Body and the Technologies of Disability
P. David Howe

Part Three: Contested Space and Politics

13. US Imperialism, Sport, and “The most famous soldier in the war”
Toby Miller

14.  The Realities of Fantasy: Politics and Sports Fandom in the Twenty First Century
Michael Bérubé

15. Sport, Palestine and Israel
Tamir Sorek

16. Cities and the Cultural Politics of Sterile Sporting Space
Michael L. Silk

17. Swimming Pools, Civic Life and Social Capital
Jeff Wiltse

Part Four: Cultures, Subcultures and (Post)Sport

18. Sports Fandom
Edwin Amenta and Natasha Miric

19. Sporting Violence and Deviant Bodies
Kevin Young and Michael Atkinson

20. Dissecting Action Sports Studies: Past, Present and Beyond
Holly Thorpe and Belinda Wheaton

21. Heidegger, Parkour, Post-sport and the Essence of Being
Michael Atkinson

22. Race-ing Men: Cars, Identity and Performativity
Amy Best

23. Chess as Art, Science, and Sport
Antony Puddephatt and Gary Alan Fine

Part Five: Sport, Mega Events, and Spectacle

24. Sport Mega-Events as Political Mega-Projects: A Critical Analysis of the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Scarlett Cornelissen

25. Sporting Mega-Events, Urban Modernity and Architecture
John Horne

26. Sports, the Beijing Olympics, and Global Media Spectacles
Douglas Kellner and Hui Zhang

27. Always Already Excluded: The Gendered Facts of Anti-Blackness and Brazil’s Male seleção
Joâo Vargas

28. To Be Like Everyone Else, Only Better: The US’s Men’s Football Team as New Cultural Icon
Grant Farred

29. Sport, Spectacle and the Political Economy of Mega Events: The Case of the Indian Premier League
Ian McDonald and Abilash Nalapat

Part Six: Sporting Celebrities/Cultural Icons

30. Global Sporting Icons: Consuming Signs of Economic and Cultural Transformation
Barry Smart

31. Embodying American Democracy: Performing the Female Sporting Icon
C.L. Cole and Michael D. Giardina

32. Monty Panesar and the New (Sporting) Asian Britishness 
Daniel Burdsey

33. Earl’s Loins - Or, Inventing Tiger Woods
Davis W. Houck

34. Deleuze and the Disabled Sports Star
Pirkko Markula

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