Making Sense of Sports

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Social Science - 520 pages
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Ellis Cashmore's unique, multidisciplinary introduction to sport studies is completely revised, updated and enhanced to reflect the changing character of contemporary sport. Among the questions addressed in this new fourth edition, Cashmore discusses:

* cyborgization - will the human body be re-designed to meet athletic needs just as cosmetic surgery has enabled the re-design of bodies to suit aesthetic preferences?
* nature or nurture - have advances in genetic science solved the age-old question of whether great athletes are born or made, and how does this affect our understanding of competition?
* masculinities - does masculine power still dominate and, if not, what does this reveal about men in sports?

Already established as a standard text, Cashmore's challenging approach to the study of sport is now updated to include new chapters on 'The Mind of the Athlete' (a probe into the psychological qualities and processes that separate winners from also-rans), and 'The Rise And Rise Of Celebrities' (investigating the rise of celebrity culture and its effect on the status of athletes).

Original and revealing, this updated edition continues to provide a comprehensive investigation into the changing character of sport, and is essential reading for undergraduates of sociology and sports studies.

  

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Contents

List of abbreviations Vlll
1
naturals
13
built for action
31
animal origins
53
how old are sports?
85
in the mind
115
why dont more gay athletes come out?
173
behind on points
205
do cheats epitomize todays sports better than fair players?
263
representing the challenge
295
a match made in heaven
319
why do we like to bet on sports?
346
the 4 that conquered the world
373
buying into celebrity culture
397
is being lefthanded an advantage in sports?
423
tomorrows game
449

champs and cheats
227

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About the author (2005)

Ellis Cashmore is Professor of Media and Sport at the School of Health, University of Staffordshire, UK.

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