From Ritual to Record

The Nature of Modern Sports

Author: Allen Guttmann

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231517076

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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Originally published in 1978, From Ritual to Record was one of the first books to recognize the importance of sports as a lens on the fundamental structure of societies. In this reissue, Guttmann emphasizes the many ways that modern sports, dramatically different from the sports of previous eras, have profoundly shaped contemporary life.
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A Whole New Ball Game

An Interpretation of American Sports

Author: Allen Guttmann

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9780807842201

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 243

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Traces the development of modern collegiate and professional sports, explains how they reflect American culture, and looks at the role sports have played in Americanizing immigrants
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Sports

The First Five Millennia

Author: Allen Guttmann

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558496101

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 448

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From ancient Egyptian archery and medieval Japanese football to contemporary American baseball, sports have been shaped by - and in turn have helped shape - the culture of which it is part. This work traces this evolution across continents, cultures, and historical epochs to construct a single comprehensive narrative of the world's sports.
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The Olympics

A History of the Modern Games

Author: Allen Guttmann

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252070464

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 214

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Traces the history of the modern Olympics from 1896 to 2000, contrasting the ideal of the game with the often politicized reality.
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Sports Spectators

Author: Allen Guttmann

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231064012

Category: Social Science

Page: 236

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Sketches the history of spectator sports, examines the behavior and characteristics of spectators through the ages, discusses the psychology of hooliganism, and describes the American sports industry
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The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Sport

How Calvinism and Capitalism Shaped America's Games

Author: Steven J. Overman

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 0881462268

Category: Religion

Page: 423

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Steven Overman explores the concordant values of the Protestant ethic, capitalism, and sport by applying German scholar Max Weber's seminal thesis. Weber demonstrated a relationship between the Protestant ethic and a form of economic behavior he labeled the "Spirit of capitalism." The work introduces readers to the doctrines and values experience, focusing on the framing of work and play in light of an intense unease with human pleasure and idleness. The United States is portrayed as the quintessential Protestant ethic society. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Sport proposes "seven Protestant virtues" built upon rational asceticism and the work ethic that comprise the Protestant ethic. The spirit of capitalism is presented as a derivative of this ethic and a major force in shaping American institutions, notable organized sport. The second part of the book discusses the spirit of American sport as it is manifested in values the author identifies as the American sport ethic: seven constructs that correspond to the seven Protestant "virtues." Each of these constructs, e.g., achieved status, competitiveness, is examined as it has influenced organized sport. The discussion encompasses youth sport, college sport, professional sport, and American influence on the modern Olympics. The book then analyzes sport as a form of consumer capitalism.
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Sport in Industrial America, 1850-1920

Author: Steven A. Riess

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118537823

Category: History

Page: 336

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Sport in Industrial America, 1850-1920 presents thesecond edition of Stephen A. Riess’s well-loved synthesis ofthe development of sport during one of the most transformationaltimes in the nation’s history. New edition maintains the book’s acclaimed level ofresearch, analysis, and readability Explores topics including urbanization, ethnicity, class, sportin educational institutions, women in sport, and sport’s rolein manifesting city, regional, and national pride. Includes an entirely new chapter on the globalization ofAmerican sport Includes a new bank of photographs and images. Features a newly revised and updated Bibliographical Essay
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A Companion to American Sport History

Author: Steven A. Riess

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118609409

Category: History

Page: 704

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A Companion to American Sport History presents acollection of original essays that represent the firstcomprehensive analysis of scholarship relating to the growing fieldof American sport history. Presents the first complete analysis of the scholarshiprelating to the academic history of American sport Features contributions from many of the finest scholars workingin the field of American sport history Includes coverage of the chronology of sports from colonialtimes to the present day, including major sports such as baseball,football, basketball, boxing, golf, motor racing, tennis, and trackand field Addresses the relationship of sports to urbanization,technology, gender, race, social class, and genres such as sportsbiography Awarded 2015 Best Anthology from the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH)
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The Making of New Zealand Cricket

1832-1914

Author: Greg Ryan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135754829

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 280

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It is generally forgotten that cricket rather than rugby union was the 'national game' in New Zealand until the early years of the twentieth century. This book shows why and how cricket developed in New Zealand and how its character changed across time. Greg Ryan examines the emergence and growth of cricket in relation to diverse patterns of European settlement in New Zealand - such as the systematic colonization schemes of Edward Gibbon Wakefield and the gold discoveries of the 1860s. He then considers issues such as cricket and social class in the emerging cities; cricket and the elite school system; the function of the game in shaping relations between the New Zealand provinces; cricket encounters with the Australian colonies in the context of an 'Australasian' world. A central theme is cricketing relations with England at a time when New Zealand society was becoming acutely conscious of both its own identity and its place within the British Empire. This imperial relationship reveals structures, ideals and objectives unique to New Zealand. Articulate, engaging and entertaining, Ryan demonstrates convincingly how the cricketing experience of New Zealand was quite different from that of other colonies.
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Sociology of Sport and Social Theory

Author: Earl Smith

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 0736075720

Category: Social Science

Page: 239

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"Sociology of Sport and Social Theory" presents current research perspectives from major sport scholars and leading sociologists regarding issues germane to the sociology of sport while addressing traditional and contemporary sociological theories.
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