Discusses how individual sports developed, what institutions and groups spread them, and why certain sports and not others found a ready audience elsewhere. This book demonstrates that sports are not a trivial pursuit but are deeply embedded in the way individuals and nations wish to be perceived.
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Measurement and Interpretation
Modernization and Sportization
The Slow Erosion of European Dominance
Differences in the Global Sporting System
Competition between the Lines
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