With God on their Side: Sport in the Service of Religion

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Timothy Chandler, Tara Magdalinski
Routledge, Jul 12, 2005 - Religion - 224 pages
'Sport' and 'religion' are cultural institutions with a global reach. Each is characterised by ritualised performance and by the ecstatic devotion of its followers, whether in the sports arena or the cathedral of worship. This fascinating collection is the first to examine, in detail, the relationship between these two cultural institutions from an international, religiously pluralistic perspective. It illuminates the role of sport and religion in the social formation of collective groups, and explores how sport might operate in the service of a religious community.
The book offers a series of cutting-edge contemporary historical case-studies, wide-ranging in their social and religious contexts. It presents important new work on the following fascinating topics:
* sport and Catholicism in Northern Ireland
* Shinto and sumo in Japan
* women, sport and the American Jewish identity
* religion, race and rugby in South Africa
* sport and Islam in France and North Africa
* sport and Christian fundamentalism in the US
* Muhammad Ali and the Nation of Islam.
With God on their Side is vital reading for all students of the history, sociology and culture of sport. It also presents important new research material that will be of interest to religious studies students, historians and anthropologists.
 

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Contents

an introduction
1
exclusiveness or inclusiveness?
20
sport Islam and Amazigh consciousness in France and North Africa
37
religion and soccer subculture symbolism
56
5 Women sport and American Jewish identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
71
making men in Catholic public schools 194580
99
7 Religion race and rugby in Coloured Cape Town
120
Shinto sumo and true Japanese spirit
139
religion sport and negotiating masculine identity in the Promise Keepers
160
intersections of the Nation of Islam and sport in the 1960s
177
11 Epilogue
197
Index
201
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