Understanding American Sports

Author: Gerald R. Gems,Gertrud Pfister

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134067593

Category: Social Science

Page: 456

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Since the nineteenth century the USA has served as an international model for business, lifestyle and sporting success. Yet whilst the language of sport seems to be universal, American sports culture remains highly distinctive. Why is this so? How should we understand American sport? What can we learn about America by analyzing its sports culture? Understanding American Sports offers discussion and critical analysis of the everyday sporting and leisure activities of ‘ordinary’ Americans as well as the ‘big three’ (football, baseball, basketball), and elite sports heroes. Throughout the book, the development of American sport is linked to political, social, gender and economic issues, as well as the orientations and cultures of the multilayered American society with its manifold regional, ethnic, social, and gendered diversities. Topics covered include: American college sports the influence of immigrant populations the unique status of American football the emergence of women’s sport in the USA With co-authors from either side of the Atlantic, Understanding American Sports uses both the outsider’s perspective and that of the insider to explain American sports culture. With its extensive use of examples and illustrations, this is an engrossing and informative resource for all students of sports studies and American culture.
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Understanding American Icons

An Introduction to Semiotics

Author: Arthur Asa Berger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315416204

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 184

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This brief, student-friendly introduction to the study of semiotics uses examples from 25 iconic locations in the United States. From Coney Island to Las Vegas, the World Trade Center to the Grand Canyon, Berger shows how semiotics offers a different lens in understanding locations taken for granted in American culture. He recasts Disneyland according to Freud, channels the Mall of America through Baudrilliard, and sees Mount Rushmore through the lens of Gramsci. A seasoned author of student texts, Berger offers an entertaining, non-threatening way to teach theory to undergraduates and that will fit ideally in classes on cultural studies, American studies, social theory, and tourism.
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Understanding American Government

Author: Susan Welch,John Gruhl,John Comer,Susan Rigdon

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495098698

Category: Political Science

Page: 792

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Written by authors who have won numerous awards for their research and writing on women and minority issues in American Government, this textbook offers an inclusive view of participants in the American political system. From this book, you will not only learn how government works but you will move on to the more controversial aspects of government, being exposed to actual people and experiences of government in action through the You Are There feature that opens each chapter, the suggested film lists at the ends the chapters, and the online exercises that support and enhance concepts found throughout the text. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Understanding American Government - No Separate Policy Chapter

Author: Susan Welch,John Gruhl,Susan M. Rigdon,Sue Thomas

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1133386199

Category: Political Science

Page: 624

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UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN GOVERNMENT is highly respected and trusted for its attention to research and issues of diversity as well as for its award-winning team of authors. While covering the foundations and features of American government, this text also moves beyond the nuts and bolts to explain why and how important features of government have evolved, what their impact on government and individuals is, and why these features are controversial (if they are) and worth learning. More than just narrating facts and current issues, UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN GOVERNMENT leaves students with an understanding of the why so that they can apply what they've learned long after completing the course. UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN GOVERNMENT is a three-time winner of the American Government Textbook Award for the Best Treatment of Women in Politics, awarded by the Women's Caucus for Political Science. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Mapping an Empire of American Sport

Expansion, Assimilation, Adaptation and Resistance

Author: Mark Dyreson,J.A. Mangan,Roberta J. Park

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317980360

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 234

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Since the mid-nineteenth century, the United States has used sport as a vehicle for spreading its influence and extending its power, especially in the Western Hemisphere and around the Pacific Rim, but also in every corner of the rest of the world. Through modern sport in general, and through American pastimes such as baseball, basketball and the American variant of football in particular, the U.S. has sought to Americanize the globe’s masses in a long series of both domestic and foreign campaigns. Sport played roles in American programs of cultural, economic, and political expansion. Sport also contributed to American efforts to assimilate immigrant populations. Even in American games such as baseball and football, sport has also served as an agent of resistance to American imperial designs among the nations of the Western hemisphere and the Pacific Rim. As the twenty-first century begins, sport continues to shape American visions of a global empire as well as framing resistance to American imperial designs. Mapping an Empire of American Sport chronicles the dynamic tensions in the role of sport as an element in both the expansion of and the resistance to American power, and in sport’s dual role as an instrument for assimilation and adaptation. This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.
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Understanding American Business Jargon

A Dictionary

Author: W. Davis Folsom

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313334504

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 364

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From "AAA" to "Zombie Bonds," a handy, informative, and entertaining guide to the language of business--fully expanded and updated.
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Participation in Sport

International Policy Perspectives

Author: Matthew Nicholson,Russell Hoye,Barrie Houlihan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135265747

Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE

Page: 336

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Although there is growing interest from governments in participation levels in sport, the extent to which governments actively promote ‘sport for all’ and their motives for doing so vary greatly. This is the first book to examine the sport participation policies of national governments across the world and to offer a comparative analysis of the motives for, and successes and failures of those policies. Organized around a series of sixteen national case studies, including the UK, the US, Australia, China and India, the book enables students and practitioners to compare and contrast the development, implementation and impact of sport participation policies throughout the world. An introductory chapter provides a framework for understanding and interpreting those case studies and each chapter then addresses the following key themes: national structures for sport national sporting cultures participation levels in organized sport the nature and extent of government intervention implementation of governmental policy the impact of government policy. With contributions from many of the world’s leading experts on sport policy and sport development, this book is essential reading for anybody with an interest in the role of governments in relation to supporting and regulating their citizens’ involvement in sport.
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Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act

Author: William D. Goren

Publisher: American Bar Association

ISBN: 9781590317655

Category: Law

Page: 179

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This book, written from the perspective of a lawyer with a disability (the author is hearing impaired), demonstrates that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is not just a law, but a way of life. It also discusses preventive lawyering with regards to the ADA. Since the first edition was published, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided over a dozen cases on the ADA and there have also been many appellate decisions as well. In this second edition, the Supreme Court decisions not included in the first edition and some of the appellate opinions that have come down since then are analyzed to provide the reader with an understanding of the workings of the ADA as it exists today.
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The Holy Trinity of American Sports

Civil Religion in Football, Baseball, and Basketball

Author: Craig A. Forney

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 0881461733

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Explores how three sports--football, baseball and basketball--interact toward a civil religion in the United States, providing extended seasons to supplement holidays and conveying doctrines about the source of truth, where to find knowledge of truths and how to solve problems. Original.
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Understanding American Politics

Author: Stephen Brooks,Douglas L. Koopman,J. Matthew Wilson

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442605995

Category: Political Science

Page: 448

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The second edition provides a very strong introduction to political institutions and includes a new chapter on public opinion. The entire book has been revised throughout, taking into account the dramatic changes that have emerged since the 2010 congressional elections, as well as incorporating the results of the 2012 presidential election. it also pays close attention to what is seen as the irreversible decline in America's global influence."--pub. desc.
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