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The world through soccer : the cultural impact of a global sport

Author: Tamir Bar-On
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The world's most popular sport, soccer is a global and cultural phenomenon. The television audience for the 2010 World Cup included nearly half of the world's population, with viewers in nearly every country. As a reflection of soccer's significance, the sport impacts countless aspects of the world's culture, from politics and religion to business and the arts. In The World through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tamir Bar-On
ISBN: 9781442234734 1442234733
OCLC Number: 867001190
Description: xxiii, 307 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Saving the nation: soccer and national identity --
"Believe, obey, and fight": soccer and dictators --
Winning hearts and minds: soccer, ideological hegemony, and "class warfare" --
"One ball can change the world": soccer and social change --
Gods and their shrines: soccer as a pagan religion --
Playing fair: soccer and ethics --
The business of business: soccer, business, and marketing --
Leading by example: soccer as a leadership opportunity ---
Dreaming of Wembley or Anfield: soccer, dreams, and childhood --
Immortal heroes?: Soccer and the meaning of life --
The pitch as canvas and player as artist: soccer and fine arts --
Conclusion: Soccer as "life and death" and "much, much more."
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"The world's most popular sport, soccer is a global and cultural phenomenon. The television audience for the 2010 World Cup included nearly half of the world's population, with viewers in nearly every country. As a reflection of soccer's significance, the sport impacts countless aspects of the world's culture, from politics and religion to business and the arts. In The World through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport, Tamir Bar-On utilizes soccer to provide insights into worldwide politics, religion, ethics, marketing, business, leadership, philosophy, and the arts. Bar-On examines the ways in which soccer influences and reflects these aspects of society, and vice versa. Each chapter features representative players, providing specific examples of how soccer comments on and informs our lives. These players--selected from a wide array of eras, countries, and backgrounds--include Diego Maradona, Pelé, Hugo Sánchez, Cha Bum-Kun, Roger Milla, José Luis Chilavert, Zinedine Zidane, Paolo Maldini, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi, Neymar, Clint Dempsey, Mia Hamm, and many others. Employing a unique lens to view a variety of topics, The World through Soccer reveals the sport's profound cultural impact. Combining philosophical, popular, and academic insights about our world, this book is aimed at both soccer fans and academics, offering readers a new perspective into a sport that affects millions."--Publisher's description.

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