Globalization and Sport: Playing the World

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Sage Publications, Jul 12, 2001 - Social Science - 160 pages

Sport is the most universal feature of popular culture. It crosses language barriers and slices through national boundaries, attracting both spectators and participants, to a common lingua franca of passions, obsessions and desires.

This book brings to light the connections between sport and culture. It argues that although sport is obviously a source of pleasure, it is also part of the government of everyday life. The creation of a sporting calendar, movements of rational recreation and the development of physical education in the public sector, are read as ways of disciplining and shaping urban-industrial populations. In addition, sport is examined as a principal front of globalization.

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About the author (2001)

Toby Miller is a Professor in the Department of English, University of California, Riverside. He is the author of The Well-Tempered Self (1993), Contemporary Australian Television (1994), The Avengers (1997), Technologies of Truth (1998), and Popular Culture & Everyday Life (Sage, 1998). He co-edited SPORTCULT (1999), A Companion To Film Theory (1999), and Film and Theory: An Anthology (2000).

He is co-editor of Social Text since 1997. In addition to Toby Miller s academic work, he has

extensive media experience as a presenter, critic, and social commentator in Australia and the

United States.

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