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.
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
2. Reconsidering the Female Tradition in English Physical Education: The Impact of Transnational Exchanges in Modern Dance
3. Gender and Sports within the Equine Sector – A Comparative Perspective
4. Gold Medals and White Economy: Winter Olympic Games and the Making of the French Elite (1959 – 2013)
5. Sporting Events Organized in Venice: Male Boating and the Amazing Case of Women’s Rowing Contests
6. Climbing Beyond the Summits: Social and Global Aspects of Women’s Expeditions in the Himalayas
7. Diversity versus Unity: A Comparative Analysis of the Complex Roots of the World Gymnaestrada
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.