This volume examines modern sport in its social context and concludes that it is beset with over-commercialised motives, damaged by dangerous political alignments and marred by wrongheaded social values. The book provides a thought-provoking analysis and offers new insights into why and how modern sport has evolved into its present dominant position. It calls for radical reforms in the structure of, and attitudes towards, sport.
Table of Contents
1. Sport in the Past: Myth and Reality 2. Victorian Society: Midwife of Modern Sport 3. The national Standardisation of Sport 4. The Development of International Sport 5. The Dominance of the Professional 6. The Emergence of the Spectator 7. The Effects of Commerce on Sport 8. The Public Face of Sport 9. The Political Dimension of Sport 10. Sport in the Future.
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