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

Chapter one introduction
1
Chapter two naturals
13
Chapter three built for action
31
Chapter four animal origins
53
Chapter five the hunt for reasons
89
Chapter six in the mind
115
Chapter seven sports emasculated
143
Chapter eight control of the body
177
Chapter 13 a match made in heaven
319
Chapter fourteen at the business end
351
Chapter fifteen the that conquered the world
373
Chapter sixteen buying into celebrity culture
397
Chapter seventeen same rules different game
427
Chapter eighteen tomorrows game
449
bibliography
465
name index
481

Chapter nine behind on points
205
Chapter ten champs and cheats
227
Chapter eleven not for the fainthearted
267
Chapter twelve representing the challenge
295

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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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