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Making sense of sports

Author: Ellis Cashmore
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
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This book looks at sport not just as recreation, but as an integral part of contemporary culture, with connections to industry, commerce and politics. It explores the history and theories of sport, and touches on more controversial issues.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Cashmore, Ernest.
Making sense of sports.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2005
(DLC) 2004022358
(OCoLC)56592094
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ellis Cashmore
ISBN: 0203518950 9780203518953
OCLC Number: 62386195
Description: 1 online resource (x, 520 pages)
Contents: 1. Introduction : why competition excites us --
2. Naturals : how evolution, culture, and our genes shape us --
3. Built for action : what the human body is made of and how it works --
4. Animal origins : how history turned hunter-gatherers into champions --
Burning question : how old are sports? --
5. The hunt for reasons : how theories help us understand sports --
6. In the mind : what makes winners win and losers lose --
7. Sports emasculated : why women had to break rules to get into sports --
Burning question : why don't more gay athletes come out? --
8. Control of the body : how science, sex, and cyborgs affect sports --
9. Behind on points : why Black athletes are symbols of failure --
10. Champs and cheats : why attempts to eliminate drugs might prove futile --
Burning question : do cheats epitomize today's sports better than fair players? --
11. Not for the fainthearted : where violence in sports comes from --
12. Representing the challenge : how art has influenced our appreciation of sports --
13. A match made in heaven : why television and sports are inseparable --
Burning question : why do we like to bet on sports? --
14. At the business end : how Rupert Murdoch became the most powerful man in sports --
15. The [Nike logo] that conquered the world : why Nike was a key player in the globalization of sports --
16. Buying into celebrity culture : how athletes jumped onto the A-list --
Burning question : is being left-handed an advantage in sports? --
17. Same rules, different game : why politics has always been a factor in international sports --
18. Tomorrow's game : what an ultra-human future might bring.
Responsibility: Ellis Cashmore.
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This book looks at sport not just as recreation, but as an integral part of contemporary culture, with connections to industry, commerce and politics. It explores the history and theories of sport, and touches on more controversial issues.

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