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Global Perspectives on Sport and Physical Cultures

1st Edition

Edited by Annette R. Hofmann, Gerald Gems, Maureen Smith


126 pages

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Global Perspectives of Sport and Physical Culture is a compilation of diverse essays derived from the works of prominent international scholars that address significant international issues relative to sporting practices from a historical perspective. A variety of movement cultures are examined and analysed, such as various aspects of the turner and gymnastic movements, the transnational development of dance, competitive sport, non-competitive performance, and mountaineering.

Michael Krüger´s introductory chapter sets a framework for analysis with a historiographical and philosophical treatment of modern sport as an example of nationalism, internationalism and cultural imperialism. The succeeding chapters discuss the confrontation of commercialization with national interests, the importance of gender in the construction of various movement cultures, as well as the conditions and circumstances that effect societal and cultural change. This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

Table of Contents


Annette R. Hofmann, Gerald Gems and Maureen Smith

1. Global Perspectives on Sports and Movement Cultures: From Past to Present – Modern Sports between Nationalism, Internationalism, and Cultural Imperialism

Michael Krüger

2. Reconsidering the Female Tradition in English Physical Education: The Impact of Transnational Exchanges in Modern Dance

Patricia Vertinsky

3. Gender and Sports within the Equine Sector – A Comparative Perspective

Susanna Hedenborg

4. Gold Medals and White Economy: Winter Olympic Games and the Making of the French Elite (1959 – 2013)

Thierry Terret

5. Sporting Events Organized in Venice: Male Boating and the Amazing Case of Women’s Rowing Contests

Gigliola Gori

6. Climbing Beyond the Summits: Social and Global Aspects of Women’s Expeditions in the Himalayas

Martina Gugglberger

7. Diversity versus Unity: A Comparative Analysis of the Complex Roots of the World Gymnaestrada

Angela Wichmann

About the Editors

Annette Hofmann, Professor of Sports Studies at Ludwigsburg University of Education, ISHPES President, Academic Editor Europe of the IJHS. She has recently edited Gertrud: Global Scholar - Global SpiritI (2015) and License to Jump: A Story of Women´s Ski Jumping (2015).

Gerald Gems, Professor of Health and Physical Education at North Central College in Naperville, IL USA; past president of NASSH, current vice-president of ISHPES.

Maureen Smith, Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at California State University, Sacramento, Smith is an active member in the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, a past president of the North American Society for Sport History, and a Vice President of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport.

About the Series

Sport in the Global Society - Historical Perspectives

As Robert Hands in The Times recently observed, the growth of sports studies in recent years has been considerable. This unique series with over one hundred volumes in the last decade has played its part. Politically, culturally, emotionally and aesthetically, sport is a major force in the modern world. Its impact will grow as the world embraces ever more tightly the contemporary secular trinity: the English language, technology and sport. Sport in the Global Society will continue to record sport's phenomenal progress across the world stage.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports