Statues of fans as nostalgic monuments to the North American devotion to baseball, Canadian lacrosse and ethnic ideologies, the rise of modern sports and class sensibilities in São Paulo, the inaugural world championship for women’s hockey, and national memories of Olympic Games hosted on US soil. What do these seemingly disparate themes have in common? They each comprise a facet of sporting experiences in the western hemisphere that took place between the 1890s and the 1990s.
This collection offers new insights on the role of sport in defining local, regional, national, and international cultures in the western hemisphere. The essays offer historical perspectives on the power of sport to create common ground in modern societies while simultaneously exploring how it serves to mark cultural boundaries and reinforce cultural identities. From national pastimes to ethnic traditions, from class sensibilities to racial ideologies, Sport in the Americas presents novel contributions that examine both the singular and manifold patterns of culture that sport animates.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue in The International Journal of the History of Sport.
Introduction: Sport in the Americas: Local, Regional, National, and International Perspectives
Mark Dyreson and Jaime Schultz
1. Standing Out from the Crowd: Imaging Baseball Fans through Sculpture
Christopher Stride, Ffion Thomas and Gregory Ramshaw
2. Reclaiming Canada Through Its ‘Ancient’ Sport: Lacrosse and the Native Sons of Canada in Late 1920s Alberta
Robert Kossuth and David McMurray
3. The Rise of Modern Sport in Fin de Siècle São Paulo: Reading Elite and Bourgeois Sensibilities, the Popular Press, and the Creation of Cultural Capital
Edivaldo Góis Jr, Soraya Lódola and Mark Dyreson
4. ‘Women Can’t Skate that Fast and Shoot that Hard!’ The First Women’s World Ice Hockey Championship, 1990
Patrick A. Reid and Daniel S. Mason
5. Region and Race: The Legacies of the St Louis Olympics
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.