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Understanding Sports Culture
Understanding Sport Culture traces and analyzes the development of the modern field of sport from its ancient and medieval precursors (the festivals of Greece and Rome, and games such as folk football), through to its inception in the mid-nineteenth century as a set of activities designed to instill character and discipline in students in exclusive British public schools, ...more
Hardcover, 150 pages
Published October 17th 2007 by Sage Publications (CA)
(first published January 1st 2007)
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Aug 22, 2012 Malcolm rated it liked it · review of another edition
If Tony Schirato were a historian I think he'd be a lumper rather than a splitter; as a cultural studies practitioner he is in this book a structuralist than a culturalist. This book draws together a large amount of material (possibly too much) into an analysis of sport shaped very much by the framework provided/developed by Pierre Bourdieu. As a Bourdieu inspired analysis it is a strong piece – but I think, initially, that is has three shortcomings. First, it uses culture in the singular, rathe ...more