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Foul Play: What's Wrong With Sport
Foul Play Shows how our belief in the value of sport is misplaced. Tracing the history of organised game-playing, this book argues that sport is a last refuge for sexism, racism, homophobia and animal cruelty. It cites neglected research in psychology, showing how playing sport tends to impinge negatively on your morals.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Icon Books Ltd
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The trap in reading something I broadly and in many of the specifics agree with is that of suspending a critical eye. It is made even more so when a journalistic book about sport centres on the things that are wrong with it, and is by a sports fan. In a sense, Humphries is a product of the Nick Horby school of writing – he says 'I know that sport is in so many ways not a good thing, but I love it anyway'. He then goes on in a clear, lucid, fast, and remarkably entertaining way to show just how b ...more
Joe Humphreys is an Irish Times journalist and author. Born in Galway and educated at UCD, he holds an MA in Political Philosophy and lives in Dublin. He is currently Education Correspondent with The Irish Times, for which he also contributes the weekly ‘Unthinkable’ philosophy column. He has previously worked as an assistant news editor, and as a correspondent from South Africa, and has a particu ...more