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Sports Events, Society and Culture

1st Edition

Edited by Katherine Dashper, Thomas Fletcher, Nicola Mccullough


246 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This innovative and timely volume moves beyond existing operational and pragmatic approaches to events studies by exploring sports events as social, cultural, political and mediatised phenomena. As the study of this area is developing there is now a need for critical and theoretically informed debate regarding conceptualisation, significance and roles.

This edited collection explores the core themes of consumption, media technologies, representation, identities and culture to offer new insight into how sports events contribute to generation of individual and shared meaning over personal, community and national identities as well as the associated issues of conflict, resistance and power. Chapters promote a critical (re)evaluation of emerging empirical research from a diverse range of sports events and locations from the international to local level. A multi-disciplinary approach is taken with contributions from areas including sports studies, media studies, sociology, cultural studies, communications, politics, tourism and gender studies.

Written by leading academics in the area, this thorough exploration of the contested relationship between sports events, society and culture will be of interest to students, academics and researchers in Events, Sport, Tourism and Sociology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sports events, society and culture Katherine Dashper, Thomas Fletcher and Nicola McCullough Section One: Inventing, packaging and consuming sport 1. Connecting events to advertising: Narrative strategies and dirty logics in Super Bowl commercials Lawrence A. Wenner 2. Football fandom in late modernity: alternative spaces and places of consumption Mark Turner 3. Debating with fists: Professional wrestling: sport, spectacle and violent drama Daniel Schulze 4. A glamorous and high-tech global spectacle of speed: Formula One motor racing as mediated, global and corporate spectacle Damion Sturm Section Two: Media and ‘mediatisation' 5. Broadcasting from a neutral corner? An analysis of the mainstream media's representation of women's boxing at the London 2012 Olympic Games Rebecca Finkel 6. Sport, broadcasting and cultural citizenship in Singapore Donna Wong 7.Turkish football, match-fixing and the fan’s media: a case study of Fenerbahçe fans Dağhan Irak Section Three: Identities 8. The Gaelic Athletic Association and London’s ‘Irish’ diaspora Frances Harkin 9. Kabbadi tournaments: Patriarchal spaces and women’s rejection of the masculine field Harpreet Bains 10. ‘Shades of Basqueness’: Football, politics and ethnicity in the Basque Country Jim O’Brien 11. Local identity and local events: A case study of cheese rolling in Gloucestershire Andrew Bradley Section Four: Mega-events 12. Sports mega-events and Islam: An introduction Karl Russell, Noelle O’Connor, Katherine Dashper and Thomas Fletcher 13. Knowing the rules and understanding the score: The 2010 FIFA Football World Cup in South Africa Suzanne Dowse 14. London 2012: The rings of exclusion Iain Lindsay Conclusion: This is only the beginning … Katherine Dashper, Thomas Fletcher and Nicola McCullough

About the Editors

Katherine Dashper (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University. Her research interests include gender and sexuality within sport and leisure practices, with a particular focus on equestrianism and rural recreation. She is editor of Rural tourism: An international perspective (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015).

Thomas Fletcher (PhD) is Senior Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University. His research interests include: ‘race’/ethnicity, social identities, families and pets, and equity and diversity in sport and leisure. He is editor (with Katherine Dashper) of Diversity, equity and inclusion in sport and leisure (Routledge, 2014).

Nicola McCullough is Senior Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University. She is Course Leader for the MSc in Sports Events Management.. Her research interests are broadly concerned with governance and major sporting events and the importance of professionalism within the global sports events industry.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Event Research Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
TRAVEL / General