Playing for Change: The Continuing Struggle for Sport and Recreation

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Russell Field
University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2015 - History - 467 pages

For more than forty years, scholars of the history and sociology of sport and recreation have studied how, no matter the time or place, sport is always more than just a game. In Playing for Change, leading scholars in the field of sports studies consider that legacy and forge ahead into the discipline's future. Through essays grouped around the themes of international and North American sport, including the Vancouver and Sochi Olympic Games; access to physical activity in Canadian communities; and the role of activism and the public intellectual in the delivery of sport, the contributors offer a comprehensive examination of the institutional structures of sport, physical activity, and recreation. This book provides wide-ranging examples of cutting-edge research in a vibrant and growing field.

 

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Contents

For Jets and Country a Reminder that Sport Matters
3
The Contested Terrain of International Sport
31
Revisiting the Shaping of Sport in North America
149
Debating Access to Physical Activity in Canadian Communities
251
Reconsidering the Role of the Public Intellectual in Sport
331
Acknowledgments
437
Contributors
440
Index
445
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Russell Field is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba.

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