The Tour De France, 1903-2003: A Century of Sporting Structures, Meanings and Values

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Hugh Dauncey, Geoff Hare
Routledge, Aug 2, 2004 - Social Science - 290 pages
This book analyses the Tour de France over its long history both as France's most prestigious and famous sporting event and as a European and, increasingly, a world cycling competition. This study provides interdisciplinary and varied perspectives on the sporting, cultural, social, economic and political significance of the Tour within and outside France, giving a comprehensive and authoritative investigation of up-to-the minute thinking on what the Tour means, now and in the past, to competitors, to France, to the French public, to the cultural history of sport, and the sport of cycling itself.
 

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Contents

A PreModern Contest in a PostModern Context
1
Organizing Spectating Watching
31
Meanings Metaphors and Values
147
Chronology of the Tour 19022003
267
Select Bibliography
274
Notes on Contributors
281
Index
285
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