Lines of Beauty?
The ‘beautiful game’, a term commonly associated with Pele but traceable to his Brazilian national team predecessor Zidi, is now widely accepted as a descriptor of the world’s most popular sport. But to suggest that football is beautiful is to raise a number of questions pertinent to a range of...
To Be Published October 1st 2015 by Routledge
Football, or soccer, is unquestionably the world’s most popular and influential sport. There is no corner of the globe in which the game is not played or followed – indeed, more countries are affiliated to FIFA, football’s governing body, than to the United Nations – and it has therefore become a...
To Be Published May 1st 2015 by Routledge
Fencing Off the World Game
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, outdoor soccer was the second most popular organized sport for Australian children after swimming. It far outstripped the popularity of the three other football codes that are played in Australia – rugby league, rugby union and Australian Rules...
To Be Published April 29th 2015 by Routledge
Emerging from the ‘history from below’ movement, sport history was marginalised for decades by those working within more traditional historical fields (and institutions). Although a degree of ignorance still exists, sport history has now acquired a level of credibility through the dedicated work of...
To Be Published February 10th 2015 by Routledge
From Ethnic Homogenization to Reconciliation
This volume draws together scholarship across a number of disciplines – history, sociology, media and cultural studies, political science, Slavonic studies – to examine the significance of the sport of football within Southeastern Europe, with an especial focus on countries of the former Yugoslavia...
Published April 30th 2014 by Routledge
Sport is seen as an increasingly important aspect of urban and regional planning. Related programmes have moved to the forefront of agendas for cities of the present and future. This has occurred as the barriers between so-called ‘high’ and ‘popular’ culture continue to disintegrate. Sport is now a...
Published March 18th 2013 by Routledge
Series: Sport in the Global Society
The Making of Sporting Cultures presents an analysis of western sport by examining how the collective passions and feelings of people have contributed to the making of sport as a ‘way of life’. The popularity of sport is so pronounced in some cases that we speak of certain sports as ‘national...
Published January 15th 2012 by Routledge
This textbook puts sport in the spotlight of cultural inquiry for the first time. The authors provide the essential resources for the study of sport within culture and popular culture. Sport is an important part of cultural life, yet until recently it has tended to remain on the margins of academic...
Published October 21st 2004 by Routledge