Social Science

Understanding American Sports

Author: Gerald R. Gems,Gertrud Pfister

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134067585

Category: Social Science

Page: 456

View: 5174

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.
Sports & Recreation

Blood and Guts to Glory

A History of Sports

Author: Gerald Gems

Publisher: Total Health Publications

ISBN: 8293232889

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 150

View: 8709

One of the world’s foremost sports historians, Professor Gems has written a readable, fully illustrated book on sports history. It is the first video text in the field in which the reader can see authentic reenactments of ancient sports and videos of modern sport. It is written as a textbook for college classes in sport history and for the general public who are interested in modern and ancient sport and how sport has evolved through the ages. Professor Gems has also included an interesting chapter in the rise of women’s sports. It is a “must read” for anyone interested in sports.
Crafts & Hobbies

Sport in den USA

Author: Annette Ruth Hofmann

Publisher: Waxmann Verlag

ISBN: 9783830976264

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 232

View: 2696

Die USA gelten als die führende Sportnation. Doch was wissen wir wirklich über den amerikanischen Sport, außer dass Baseball, American Football und Cheerleading aus diesem Land stammen? Was versteht man unter Begriffen wie Athletics, Intercollegiate Sports, Intramural Sports, Title IX, Physical Education, Super Bowl oder dem „Y“? Bisher gibt es nur wenig deutschsprachige Literatur über den amerikanischen Sport, seine Strukturen und Ausprägungsformen. Dieses Buch soll diese Lücke ein wenig schließen. Die einzelnen Beiträge, die von namhaften amerikanischen und deutschen Sportwissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftlern verfasst sind, zeigen, dass der Sport in den USA eine ganz andere Struktur als der deutsche Sport mit seinem Vereinswesen aufweist.
Sports & Recreation


The Ten Greatest American Sports Rivalries of the 20th Century

Author: Richard O. Davies

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444320817

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 6843

Rivals! The Ten Greatest American Sports Rivalries of the 20thCentury presents the most memorable rivalries in over a hundredyears of American sports history. Examines ten of the greatest American sports rivalries of thepast century, relating them to their broader historicalcontext Includes the rivalries between the Boston Red Sox and the NewYork Yankees, Duke and North Carolina, Joe Frazier and MuhammadAli, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, Chris Evert and MartinaNavratilova, and more Draws upon the most recent works of sport historians, as wellas hundreds of books, articles, and newspaper accounts Reveals a deep understanding of American sports history andAmerican popular culture Features 30 images that bring the rivalries vividly tolife
Language Arts & Disciplines

Ideology in American Sports

A Corpus-assisted Discourse Study

Author: Karsten Senkbeil

Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter

ISBN: 9783825359331

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 306

View: 2240

Sport competitions belong to the most prominent mass media events in the USA today. To understand the cultural impact that sports have on the American collective consciousness, one must be aware of the overt and covert ideological assumptions that surface in the media discourse around these sport events. With the help of a modern, software-based linguistic methodology (Corpus-Assisted Discourse Studies), this book analyses thousands of journalistic texts from the first decade of the 21st century, to uncover the interplay of dominant hegemonic discourses and subaltern ideological interpretations, which form a more or less stable but constantly challenged and re-negotiated consensus equilibrium in the public discussion around the Americans' 'favorite pastimes'. Core ideologies from American history define the media's interpretations of sports and are therefore central topics in this book: capitalism and rural nostalgia, patriotism and militarism, family values, rugged individualism, and remnants of the frontier mythology. Hence, understanding American sports discourse means understanding the American psyche in a period of challenges and changes.
Sports & Recreation

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

View: 4228

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.

Participation in Sport

International Policy Perspectives

Author: Matthew Nicholson,Russell Hoye,Barrie Houlihan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135265747


Page: 336

View: 2693

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.

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

View: 2431

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.
Business & Economics

Understanding American Business Jargon

A Dictionary

Author: W. Davis Folsom

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313334504

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 364

View: 2287

From "AAA" to "Zombie Bonds," a handy, informative, and entertaining guide to the language of business--fully expanded and updated.
Sports & Recreation

Native Americans and Sport in North America

Other People's Games

Author: C. Richard King

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113676917X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 221

View: 8762

Taking examples from the United States and Canada, this comprehensive text offers compassionate and critical accounts of the Native American sporting experience. It challenges popular images of indigenous athletes and athletics; it explores Native American participation in and appropriation of EuroAmerican sports; and it unpacks social categories, particularly gender, race and heritage and their implications for understanding Native Americans and sport in North America. Contributors discuss the interplay of power and possibility, difference and identity, representation and remembrance that have shaped the means and meanings of American Indians playing sport. Included in this book are discussions on: continuity and change, the place of sport in the survival and adaptation of indigenous beliefs and behaviours the play of power and the power of play within indigenous communities, intercultural spaces, and American popular culture the contradictions and conditions of possibilities sport has offered American Indians the politics and poetics of identity the axes of difference structuring the indigenous sporting experience, particularly, gender, race, and nationalism representations and stagings of Indianness in the context of sport.

Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act

Author: William D. Goren

Publisher: American Bar Association

ISBN: 9781590317655

Category: Law

Page: 179

View: 9164

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.

Institutional Life

Family, Schools, Race, and Religion

Author: Neil L. Shumsky

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135604738

Category: Reference

Page: 514

View: 4392

First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Sports & Recreation

Gymnastics, a Transatlantic Movement

From Europe to America

Author: Gertrud Pfister

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317965418

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 200

View: 6990

This book explores, analyses, and explains divergent ideologies and practices of gymnastics in selected European nations. It reconstructs the ex- and import processes from Europe to America and determines the processes, interrelationships and transformations of these "transatlantic movements" in their new home country. The book offers a more complete understanding of the role of gymnastics and expressive movements in cultural and ideological transmission over time and identifies the impact of these concepts on American physical education, sports systems and sports cultures. The main focus of the book lies in the two decades before and after World War I. This concentration on a specific historical epoch allows us to identify parallel, but also different developments of the various forms of gymnastics and of the transfer and implementation processes. The volume covers the transfer and impact of German Turnen, Czech Sokol and the Delsarte system in North America. In addition, it traces the influences of French gymnastics in South America and describes the tours of the world-renowned Danish gymnastic reformer Nils Bukh in both Americas. A focus will be the "import" of gymnastics, but also on the adaption processes of these different concepts and their integration into the American culture. This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.
Electronic books

Mexican Americans and Sports

A Reader on Athletics and Barrio Life

Author: Jorge Iber,Samuel Octavio Regalado

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603445013

Category: Electronic books

Page: 273

View: 7370

For at least a century, across the United States, Mexican American athletes have participated in community-based, interscholastic, and professional sports. "Mexican Americans and Sports" contributes to the emerging understanding of the value of sport to minority populations in communities across the nation North American Society for Sport History (NASSH), the most prominent interdisciplinary organization that is, in spite of its name, quite global, named MEXICAN AMERICANS AND SPORTS: A READER ON ATHLETICS AND BARRIO LIFE "Anthology of the Year."-- from author, May 2008
Sports & Recreation

The Cultural Politics of Post-9/11 American Sport

Power, Pedagogy and the Popular

Author: Michael Silk

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136577858

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

View: 6570

Much of the writing on the post-9/11 period in the United States has focused on the role of "official" Government rhetoric about 9/11. Those who have focused on the news media have suggested that they played a key role in (re)defining the nation, allowing the citizenry to come to terms with 9/11, in providing ‘official’ understandings and interpretations of the event, and setting the terms for a geo-political-military response (the war on terror). However, strikingly absent from post-9/11 writing has been discussion on the role of sport in this moment. This text provides the first, book-length account, of the ways in which the sport media, in conjunction with a number of interested parties – sporting, state, corporate, philanthropic and military – operated with a seeming collective affinity to conjure up nation, to define nation and its citizenry, and, to demonize others. Through analysis of a variety of cultural products – film, children’s baseball, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, reality television – the book reveals how, in the post-9/11 moment, the sporting popular operated as a powerful and highly visible pedagogic weapon in the armory of the Bush Administration, operating to define ways of being American and thus occlude other ways of being.
Social Science

Golf and the American Country Club

Author: Richard J. Moss

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252026423

Category: Social Science

Page: 214

View: 5095

The evolution of the country club as an American social institution and its inextricable connection to the game of golf.
Sports & Recreation

Why Minorities Play or Don't Play Soccer

A Global Exploration

Author: Kausik Bandyopadhyay

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131798952X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 8925

Soccer, the most popular mass spectator sport in the world, has always remained a marker of identities of various sorts. Behind the façade of its obvious entertainment aspect, it has proved to be a perpetuating reflector of nationalism, ethnicity, community or communal identity, and cultural specificity. Naturally therefore, the game is a complex representative of minorities’ status especially in countries where minorities play a crucial role in political, social, cultural or economic life. The question is also important since in many nations success in sports like soccer has been used as an instrument for assimilation or to promote an alternative brand of nationalism. Thus, Jewish teams in pre-Second World War Europe were set up to promote the idea of a muscular Jewish identity. Similarly, in apartheid South Africa, soccer became the game of the black majority since it was excluded from the two principal games of the country – rugby and cricket. In India, on the other hand, the Muslim minorities under colonial rule appropriated soccer to assert their community-identity. The book examines why in certain countries, minorities chose to take up the sport while in others they backed away from participating in the game or, alternatively, set up their own leagues and practised self-exclusion. The book examines European countries like the Netherlands, England and France, the USA, Africa, Australia and the larger countries of Asia – particularly India. This book was previously published as a special issue of Soccer and Society.

The American Way in Sport

Author: John Roberts Tunis

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sports

Page: 180

View: 4522

Survey of 20th-century U.S. sports, presenting the theory that professionalism and profit-making have become dominant themes.
Social Science

Racism in college athletics

the African-American athlete's experience

Author: Dana D. Brooks,Ronald C. Althouse

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 303

View: 6472

Political Science

Understanding American Politics

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

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442605995

Category: Political Science

Page: 448

View: 1380

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.