Making Sense of Sports

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Taylor & Francis, 2010 - Social Science - 586 pages
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Updated, revised and enhanced with new features, the fifth edition of Making Sense of Sports is the biggest and strongest yet.

Ellis Cashmore's unique multidisciplinary approach to the study of sports remains the only introduction to combine anthropology, biology, economics, history, philosophy, psychology and sociology with cultural and media studies to produce a distinct unbroken vision of the origins, development and current state of sports. New chapters on exercise culture and the moral climate of sports support†a thoroughly overhauled text that includes fresh material on Islam, sports†commerce and corruption.

Now packed with teaching supplements, including access to a dedicated online resource headquarters with video podcasts of†twenty-one chapter outlines from the author (http://tinyurl.com/373oyvr), online quizzes, and an additional twenty-first†chapter on depression and mental health in sports and exercise, the new edition contains a cornucopia of thought boxes, as well as guides to further reading, capsule explanations and model essays. In short, Making Sense of Sports is an all-purpose introduction to the study of sports.

  

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction
1
CHAPTER 2 Back to Nature
18
CHAPTER 3 Built for Action
36
CHAPTER 4 A Very Different Animal
60
BURNING QUESTION 1 HOW OLD ARE SPORTS?
91
CHAPTER 5 The Hunt for Reasons
96
CHAPTER 6 In the Mind
123
CHAPTER 7 The Pursuit of Perfection
150
CHAPTER 13 Representing the Challenge
331
BURNING QUESTION 4 WHY DO WE LIKE TO BET ON SPORTS?
353
CHAPTER 14 A Match Made in Heaven
357
CHAPTER 15 Planet Murdoch
385
CHAPTER 16 The That Conquered the World
407
BURNING QUESTION 5 IS BEING LEFTHANDED AN ADVANTAGE IN SPORTS?
433
CHAPTER 17 Buying into Celebrity Culture
437
CHAPTER 18 Morals and Medals
464

BURNING QUESTION 2 WHY DONT MORE GAY ATHLETES COME OUT?
171
CHAPTER 8 Control of the Body
175
CHAPTER 9 Sports Emasculated
204
CHAPTER 10 Behind on Points
232
BURNING QUESTION 3 IS CHEATING FAIR?
258
CHAPTER 11 Champs and Cheats
263
CHAPTER 12 Not for the Fainthearted
300
CHAPTER 19 Same Rules Different Game
484
CHAPTER 20 Things to Come
510
BIBLIOGRAPHY
530
NAME INDEX
553
SUBJECT INDEX
564
TITLE INDEX
579
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About the author (2010)

Ellis Cashmore is Professor of Culture, Media and Sport at Staffordshire University's Faculty of Health. Prior to this he was Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa, Florida, and Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. Previous publications include, Martin Scorsese's America (Polity Press, 2009), Sport and Exercise Psychology: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2008) and Celebrity/Culture (Routledge, 2006).

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