To Play the Game: Analysis of Sports, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

To Play the Game

Analysis of Sports, 1st Edition

By J. Bowyer Bell


205 pages

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Hardback: 9780887381027
pub: 1987-01-30
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In this fascinating analysis of the development, structure, and strategies of sports, Bell argues that games are an institution that not only reflect society but also mold society. He develops a typology of seven game levels from the primitive to the decadent and examines the history of game development in Western civilization, through the relation of the various game levels to national ambitions and strategies. To Play the Game is both enlightening and entertaining, an original contribution to the growing scholarship on sports.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports