Evolving for centuries in relative isolation, sport in Japan developed a unique character reflective of Japanese culture and society. In recent decades, Japan's drive towards cultural and economic modernization has consciously incorporated a modernization of its sports cultures. Japan, Sport and Society provides insights into this process, revealing the tensions between continuity and change, tradition and modernity, the local and the global in a culture facing the new economic and political realities of our modern world. The book explores three broad areas of interest:
- sport and modern society in Japan
- current issues in social reconstruction and reproduction in sport
- modernization, globalization and sport in Japan.
Providing unprecedented access to new work from Japanese scholars, and raising key questions of globalization and cultural identity, this text represents a fascinating resource for students and researchers of sport and society.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Japan, sport and society: Tradition and change in a globalizing world. Making Sport and Modern Japanese Society: 1. Innovation in martial arts: Forms of sport and modern Japanese society 2. The emergence and development of Japanese school sport 3. The Japanese baseball spirit and professional ideology
Social Reconstruction, Reproduction and Sport
Economic development and the value aspect of sport
Sustainable sport and environmental problems: The E-boat movement as a social experiment in green sport
Voluntary associations formed through sport spectatorship: A case study of pro baseball fan club
Playfulness and gender in Japanese modern society
Modernization, Globalization and Sport: A Critical Examination
FIFA World Cup 2002: The Japanese football phenomena in cultural contexts
Physical Cognition in Sport: Something of wisdom buried in modernization
Globalization: The changing field of Japanese sport