The eight chapters in this book explore more than 150 years of the development of several modern sports – baseball, basketball, cricket, football, handball, ice hockey and lacrosse – across the two Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe, some analysing a century of events since the mid-nineteenth century and some only a few years in the very present. Drawing on the methods of history, international relations, political science, and sociology, the contributing authors examine various theories of sporting globalization. The chapters take a balanced look at the concepts of the nation state and the connected world, which are the substantive core around which modern human society is ordered. They construct stories of entanglements and convergences, from within and without the nation state, in which the national and the non-national are not mutually exclusive. The key features of this collection are how cultural elements are introduced to sport, how changes are perceived, how sporting practices and institutions can be defined at geopolitical and other levels, how we might conceptualize the perimeter of judging the national–transnational or the local–translocal paradigms, and how we could complicate the understanding of sport/knowledge transfer by ascribing different degrees of importance to origin, process, purpose, outcome, personnel and network. This book is a multidisciplinary exploration into the development of modern sporting culture from global and transnational history perspectives. The chapters originally published as a special issue in Sport in Society.
1. Introduction: ‘Over the border and the gates’? Global and transnational sport
2. Playing on the border: sport, borderlands and the North Atlantic, 1850–1950
Colin D. Howell and Daryl Leeworthy
3. The intercultural transfer of football: the contexts of Germany and Argentina
4. Sport transfer over the channel: elitist migration and the advent of football and ice hockey in Switzerland
5. With or without cricket? The two lives of the English game in a decolonizing India
6. Did South America foster European football?: transnational influences on the continentalization of FIFA and the creation of UEFA, 1926–1959
Philippe Vonnard and Grégory Quin
7. ‘Yes to Football, No to Torture!’ The politics of the 1978 Football World Cup in West Germany
Felix A. Jiménez Botta
8. Learning in landscapes of professional sports: transnational perspectives on talent development and migration into Danish women’s handball around the time of the financial crisis, 2004–2012
9. We’re all transnational now: sport in dynamic sociocultural environments
The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.