Making Sense of Sports

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Psychology Press, 2005 - 520 sider
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Ellis Cashmore's unique, multidisciplinary introduction to sport studies is completely revised, updated and enhanced to reflect the changing character of contemporary sport. Among the questions addressed in this new fourth edition, Cashmore discusses:

* cyborgization - will the human body be re-designed to meet athletic needs just as cosmetic surgery has enabled the re-design of bodies to suit aesthetic preferences?
* nature or nurture - have advances in genetic science solved the age-old question of whether great athletes are born or made, and how does this affect our understanding of competition?
* masculinities - does masculine power still dominate and, if not, what does this reveal about men in sports?

Already established as a standard text, Cashmore's challenging approach to the study of sport is now updated to include new chapters on 'The Mind of the Athlete' (a probe into the psychological qualities and processes that separate winners from also-rans), and 'The Rise And Rise Of Celebrities' (investigating the rise of celebrity culture and its effect on the status of athletes).

Original and revealing, this updated edition continues to provide a comprehensive investigation into the changing character of sport, and is essential reading for undergraduates of sociology and sports studies.

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why competition excites us
1
how evolution culture and our genes shape us
13
what the human body is made of and how it works
31
how history turned huntergatherers into champions
53
how old are sports?
85
how theories help us understand sports
89
what makes winners win and losers lose
115
why women had to break rules to get into sports
143
how art has influenced our appreciation of sports
295
why television and sports are inseparable
319
why do we like to bet on sports?
346
how Rupert Murdoch became the most powerful man in sports
351
why Nike was a key player in the globalization of sports
373
how athletes jumped onto the Alist
397
is being lefthanded an advantage in sports?
423
why politics has always been a factor in international sports
427

why dont more gay athletes come out?
173
how science sex and cyborgs affect sports
177
why black athletes are symbols of failure
205
why attempts to eliminate drugs might prove futile
227
do cheats epitomize todays sports better than fair players?
263
where violence in sports comes from
267
what an ultrahuman future might bring
449
Bibliography
465
Name index
481
Subject index
495
Title index
513
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Ellis Cashmore is Professor of Media and Sport at the School of Health, University of Staffordshire, UK.

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