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Sport Across Asia
Politics, Cultures, and Identities

ISBN 9781138920781
Published May 21, 2015 by Routledge
256 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is designed to reflect both our current knowledge regarding sport, globalisation and ‘"encounters" with several important "post-colonial" or non-western societies and to draw together scholars from a range of different disciplines. Case studies of cultural encounters in Central, South-East Asia, Asia Minor and the Arabian peninsula capture the paradoxical processes of emulation, resistance and transformation that are at work in the diffusion and development of "sport" and body cultures. These case studies bring together insights from anthropology, cultural studies, geography, history, law, sociology, various area and post-colonial studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Asian Sports to Sport in Asia  Katrin Bromber, Birgit Krawietz and Joseph Maguire  1. Anthropological Perspectives on Sport and Culture: Against Sports as the Essence of Western Modernity  Ingrid Kummels  2. Civilising Bodies: Somatic Engineering in China  Denise Gimpel  3. Sport in Japan in the Early 21st Century: An Interpretation  Lee Thompson  4. The Memory of Colonialism and Imagined Unification: Two Distinctive Natures of South Korean Sporting Nationalism in the 21st Century  Jung Woo Lee and Joseph Maguire  5. Representing True Laos in Post-Colonial Southeast Asia: Regional Dynamics in the Globalization of Sport  Simon Creak  6. The Debate on ‘Revival’ and the Physical Culture Movement in Western India (1900-1950)  Namrata R. Ganneri  7. Martial Arts Iranian Style: Zurkhane Heavy Athletics and Wrestling Contested  Birgit Krawietz  8. The Development of Mountaineering in Republican Turkey  Funda Akcan and Nefise Bulgu  9. The United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Bahrain as a Modern Sport Hub  Katrin Bromber and Birgit Krawietz

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Joseph Maguire is Professor of Sociology of Sport at Loughborough University.

Birgit Krawietz is Professor of Islamic Studies at the Free University of Berlin.

Katrin Bromber is a researcher at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO).