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Modern Sport – The Global Obsession

ISBN 9780415568517
Published October 14, 2009 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

Sport has become more than a simple physical expression or game – it now pervades all societies at all levels and has become bound up in nationalism, entertainment, patriotism and culture. Now a global obsession, sport has infiltrated into all areas of modern life and despite noble ideals that sport stands above politics, religion, class, gender and ideology, the reality is often very different.

These essays by leading academics and rising new talent consider the phenomenon of modern sport and its massive influence over global society. Together, this collection is also a tribute to the pioneering and inspirational work of Professor J.A. Mangan on the political, religious, class and gender-based aspects of modern sport, from academics greatly influenced by him and his writing.

This book was previously published as a special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Transcending National Boundaries. Boria Majumdar  1. A Man for the Future. Boria Majumdar and Projit B. Mukharji  2. Beijing Ambitions: An Analysis of the Chinese Elite Sports System and its Olympic Strategy for the 2008 Olympic Games Fan Hong, Ping Wu and Huan Xiong  3. Women, Nationalism and the Beijing Olympics: Preparing for Glory. Dong Jinxia  4. ‘Sadly Neglected’ – Hunting and Gendered Identities: A Study in Gender Construction. Callum McKenzie  5. Amateur World Champion, 1893: The International Cycling Career of American Arthur Augustus Zimmerman, 1888 – 1896  Andrew Ritchie  6 An Imperial Legacy – British by Inclination: Socialization, Education and a Gibraltarian Sense of Identity  E. G. Archer  7. Discipline, Character, Health: Ideals and Icons of Nordic Masculinity 1860 – 1930 Henrik Meinander  8. Closing the Circle: Sponsorship and the Greek Olympic Games from Ancient Times to the Present Day  Penelope Kissoudi  9. Maharajas and Cricket: Self, State, Province and Nation  Boria Majumdar  10. The Political Significance of Sport: An Asian Case Study – Sport, Japanese Colonial Policy and Korean National Resistance, 1910 – 1945  Gwang Ok  11. Sport as a Political Tool: Tanzania and the Liberation of Africa  Hamad S. Ndee  12. Celluloid Soccer: The Peculiarities of Soccer in Bengali Cinema  Sharmistha Gooptu  13. Sedentary Games and the Nationalist Project: A Silent History  Nirbed Ray and Projit Bihari Mukharji  14. Sports History in India: Prospects and Problems  Kausik Bandyopadhyay  15. ‘For All That Was Good, Noble and True’: A Middle Class Martial Icon of Canadian Patriotism and British Imperialism  John Lovell Dashwood  Canada and the Great War. Colm Hickey  16. ‘Christ and the Imperial Games Fields’ in South-Central Africa – Sport and the Scottish Missionaries in Malawi, 1880 – 1914: Utilitarian Compromise. Markku Hokkanen. Epilogue: A Fine Example Has Boundless Power  Fan Hong

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Boria Majumdar, a Rhodes scholar, is based at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He is Executive Editor of the Routledge journals Sport in Society and Soccer and Society and co-editor of the Routledge Series, Sport in the Global Society. A well-known media figure on television, he has also written extensively for the Times of India, Outlook, Wisden and Anandabazar Patrika.

Fan Hong is a professor and the Director of the Irish Institute of Chinese Studies at University College Cork. She is a regional editor of the International Journal of the History of Sport and a member of various editorial boards including the Sports Studies Journal and the International Encyclopedia of Women and Sport.