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Understanding American Sports

Author: Gerald R. Gems,Gertrud Pfister

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134067593

Category: Social Science

Page: 456

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Since the nineteenth century the USA has served as an international model for business, lifestyle and sporting success. Yet whilst the language of sport seems to be universal, American sports culture remains highly distinctive. Why is this so? How should we understand American sport? What can we learn about America by analyzing its sports culture? Understanding American Sports offers discussion and critical analysis of the everyday sporting and leisure activities of ‘ordinary’ Americans as well as the ‘big three’ (football, baseball, basketball), and elite sports heroes. Throughout the book, the development of American sport is linked to political, social, gender and economic issues, as well as the orientations and cultures of the multilayered American society with its manifold regional, ethnic, social, and gendered diversities. Topics covered include: American college sports the influence of immigrant populations the unique status of American football the emergence of women’s sport in the USA With co-authors from either side of the Atlantic, Understanding American Sports uses both the outsider’s perspective and that of the insider to explain American sports culture. With its extensive use of examples and illustrations, this is an engrossing and informative resource for all students of sports studies and American culture.

Understanding America

The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation

Author: Peter H. Schuck,James Q. Wilson

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 0786745487

Category: History

Page: 704

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The idea of an exceptional America remains controversial. In this dazzlingly comprehensive collection of essays, some of the nation's best scholars and thinkers take on the weighty task of sizing up Goliath in a way Americans and others can comprehend. These twenty studies in American exceptionalism provide a solidly researched and in-depth analysis on the current state of our institutions, our values, and our challenges for the future.

Big-Time Sports in American Universities

Author: Charles T. Clotfelter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139499165

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

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For almost a century, big-time college sport has been a wildly popular but consistently problematic part of American higher education. The challenges it poses to traditional academic values have been recognized from the start, but they have grown more ominous in recent decades, as cable television has become ubiquitous, commercial opportunities have proliferated and athletic budgets have ballooned. Drawing on new research findings, this book takes a fresh look at the role of commercial sports in American universities. It shows that, rather than being the inconsequential student activity that universities often imply that it is, big-time sport has become a core function of the universities that engage in it. For this reason, the book takes this function seriously and presents evidence necessary for a constructive perspective about its value. Although big-time sport surely creates worrying conflicts in values, it also brings with it some surprising positive consequences.

Understanding American Football

The Simplest, Clearest, and Most Detailed Guide for Spectators

Author: Edward Scott McCorduck

Publisher: Contemporary Books

ISBN: 9780844205724

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 302

View: 9692

This is an easy-to-understand reference for anyone who wants to learn more about America and American fo otball. It looks at: the language of the game; strategies an d subtleties of play; equipment and players; and associated cultural traditions. '

Brave Dragons

A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing

Author: Jim Yardley

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307473368

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 1878

A former New York Times Beijing bureau chief presents the story of an underdog Chinese basketball team and its American coach's thwarted effort to help them make the playoffs by teaching them the strategies of American NBA stars, in an account that argues that the team's failures reflect Chinese culture and the nation's resistance to change. 35,000 first printing.

A History of American Sports in 100 Objects

Author: Cait Murphy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 046509774X

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 5866

A history of American sports told through one hundred iconic objects

Understanding International Sport Organisations

Principles, power and possibilities

Author: Lincoln Allison,Alan Tomlinson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317590430

Category: Political Science

Page: 244

View: 5995

The governance of international sport is dominated by the SINGOs (sporting international non-governmental organisations). The IOC, FIFA, IAAF and the FIA wield global influence, but how exactly do such complex organisations operate? This important book examines the rise of the SINGOs, their structures, organisational behaviour and their power in the context of modern sport and international politics. Written by two world-leading experts, the book sheds new light on the relationship between these SINGOs and the sports which they govern. It provides a close critical analysis of the policies and practices of the most important international sport organisations, from their historical origins to the present day. Using case studies of key events such as the Olympics and the recent FIFA scandals, it examines the central question of how best to understand the significance of these organisations today. Combining historical insight with original research, Understanding International Sport Organisations: Principles, Power and Possibilities is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the politics of sport, the sociology of sport, sport administration, sport business or sport management.

A Companion to American Sport History

Author: Steven A. Riess

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118609409

Category: History

Page: 704

View: 7155

A Companion to American Sport History presents a collection of original essays that represent the first comprehensive analysis of scholarship relating to the growing field of American sport history. Presents the first complete analysis of the scholarship relating to the academic history of American sport Features contributions from many of the finest scholars working in the field of American sport history Includes coverage of the chronology of sports from colonial times to the present day, including major sports such as baseball, football, basketball, boxing, golf, motor racing, tennis, and track and field? Addresses the relationship of sports to urbanization, technology, gender, race, social class, and genres such as sports biography Awarded 2015 Best Anthology from the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH)

Blood and Guts to Glory

A History of Sports

Author: Gerald Gems

Publisher: Total Health Publications

ISBN: 8293232889

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 150

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One of the world’s foremost sports historians, Professor Gems has written a readable, fully illustrated book on sports history. It is the first video text in the field in which the reader can see authentic reenactments of ancient sports and videos of modern sport. It is written as a textbook for college classes in sport history and for the general public who are interested in modern and ancient sport and how sport has evolved through the ages. Professor Gems has also included an interesting chapter in the rise of women’s sports. It is a “must read” for anyone interested in sports.

Understanding American and German Business Cultures

A Manager's Guide to the Cultural Context in which American and German Companies Operate

Author: Patrick L. Schmidt

Publisher: Meridian World Press

ISBN: 9780968529300

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 115

View: 1986

Understanding American Economic Decline

Author: David E. Adler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521456791

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 403

View: 1756

The public has been painfully aware of the economy's stagnation for a long time. In this major new volume, leading thinkers in the social sciences directly confront the various economic difficulties facing the United States today. Underlying each essay is the premise that these problems can be understood only in a broad historical context--that such difficulties arise not from cyclical phenomena, but from structural distortions in the economy. These essays furnish more than hard-hitting criticisms of the various received economic wisdoms: they offer hope as they formulate new economic approaches and policies for the present and the future.

The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law

Author: Michael A. McCann

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190465956

Category: Law

Page: 648

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The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law takes the reader through the most important controversies and critical developments in law and U.S. sports. Over the course of 30 chapters, leading scholars explore this expanding and captivating area of law. The Handbook is the first book to gather dozens of perspectives on sports law controversies in the United States, and will be of interest to those who study and practice sports law, as well as journalists, broadcasters, and legally minded sports fans. The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law incorporates analysis of key historical events in sports law-such as the rise of free agency in professional sports and the concept of "amateurism" for college athletes-and their broader context. Contemporary legal controversies in U.S. sports and their accompanying questions are also of central importance: In a sensible legal system, how would long-term neurological injuries from contact sports be addressed? How would the use of racially insensitive team names be resolved? How would a seemingly trivial dispute over air pressure in footballs be studied from the competing perspectives of players, teams, and leagues? The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law weighs not just the facts, but how courts and lawmakers ought to consider the most important questions at stake. The essays in this volume also canvass the types of legal controversies in sports likely to surface in the future. This is particularly true of law and technology matters, including those related to broadcasting and streaming. Legal doctrine has been and will continue to be forced to adapt to these developments, and the Handbook both forecasts coming debates and outlines where the law may be headed.

The Sports Gene

Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

Author: David Epstein

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 161723012X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 352

View: 9666

A Sports Illustrated senior writer's controversial exploration of the genetic underpinnings of athletic success explores the roles of both biology and training, arguing that nature and training are equally necessary components of athletic achievement while considering such topics as race, gender and genetic testing.

The Heritage

Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism

Author: Howard Bryant

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807026999

Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE

Page: 288

View: 5286

Examines "the story of sports post-9/11, once neutral but now embedded with deference toward the military and police, colliding with the political reawakening of the black athlete in post-Ferguson America"--

My First Book of Football

A Rookie Book (A Sports Illustrated Kids Book)

Author: The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids

Publisher: Sports Illustrated Kids

ISBN: 9781618931511

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 6696

Introducing the Rookie Book series from the #1 sports brand for kids--featuring pro-sports action photography! SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS kicks off the football season with a brand-new series to help young readers learn the rules, plays, and basics about popular sports. In the first Rookie Book, My First Book of Football, an illustrated rookie player character introduces the next generation of fans to the world of football and guides kids through a visual retelling of an actual NFL game--from the nail-biting coin toss to the exhilarating winning touchdown. Simple text with engaging action photography and a glossary of essential football terms throughout, including punt, tackle, kickoff, end zone and more, reinforce the message on each page with humor and fun. A perfect book for beginning readers, My First Book of Football is meant to be a shared reading experience between parents and their young football rookies before, during, and after game day.

Media Now: Understanding Media, Culture, and Technology

Author: Joseph Straubhaar,Robert LaRose,Lucinda Davenport

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1305950844

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 50

View: 8587

Empowering you to think critically about the media and its impact, MEDIA NOW: UNDERSTANDING MEDIA, CULTURE, AND TECHNOLOGY, 10th Edition, thoroughly illustrates how media technologies develop, operate, converge, and affect society. It provides a comprehensive introduction to today's global media environment and the ongoing developments in technology, culture, and critical theory that continue to transform this rapidly evolving industry -- and touch your everyday life. Cutting-edge coverage of the essential history, theories, concepts, and technical knowledge prepares you for a career in the expanding fields of the Internet, interactive media, and traditional media. In addition to captivating infographics and illustrations, the exciting new Tenth Edition includes the latest developments and trends in new media, mobile media consumption, policy changes for Internet governance and the international approach to media governance, online privacy protection, media ethics, and much more. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN POLITICS

A BOOK FOR TEENAGERS

Author: VARUN JAIN

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1493161636

Category: Political Science

Page: 54

View: 6977

As cliché as it may sound, teenagers are the future of America and with the youth voting block gaining so much attention in recent elections, now more than ever, it is important that American teenagers have a solid understanding of the American political landscape. As such it is necessary to educate America’s teenagers upon the political issues of our time. This book is a compilation of essays that sum up the major issues of our day and advocate for solutions regarding them. The ultimate goal of this book is to help American teenagers understand the basics of many of the issues facing our country today.

Offside

Soccer and American Exceptionalism

Author: Andrei S. Markovits,Steven L. Hellerman

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400824182

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 9759

Soccer is the world's favorite pastime, a passion for billions around the globe. In the United States, however, the sport is a distant also-ran behind football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. Why is America an exception? And why, despite America's leading role in popular culture, does most of the world ignore American sports in return? Offside is the first book to explain these peculiarities, taking us on a thoughtful and engaging tour of America's sports culture and connecting it with other fundamental American exceptionalisms. In so doing, it offers a comparative analysis of sports cultures in the industrial societies of North America and Europe. The authors argue that when sports culture developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, nativism and nationalism were shaping a distinctly American self-image that clashed with the non-American sport of soccer. Baseball and football crowded out the game. Then poor leadership, among other factors, prevented soccer from competing with basketball and hockey as they grew. By the 1920s, the United States was contentedly isolated from what was fast becoming an international obsession. The book compares soccer's American history to that of the major sports that did catch on. It covers recent developments, including the hoopla surrounding the 1994 soccer World Cup in America, the creation of yet another professional soccer league, and American women's global preeminence in the sport. It concludes by considering the impact of soccer's growing popularity as a recreation, and what the future of sports culture in the country might say about U.S. exceptionalism in general.

Rivals!

The Ten Greatest American Sports Rivalries of the 20th Century

Author: Richard O. Davies

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444320817

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 1653

Rivals! The Ten Greatest American Sports Rivalries of the 20th Century presents the most memorable rivalries in over a hundred years of American sports history. Examines ten of the greatest American sports rivalries of the past century, relating them to their broader historical context Includes the rivalries between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, Duke and North Carolina, Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, and more Draws upon the most recent works of sport historians, as well as hundreds of books, articles, and newspaper accounts Reveals a deep understanding of American sports history and American popular culture Features 30 images that bring the rivalries vividly to life

Ideology in American Sports

A Corpus-assisted Discourse Study

Author: Karsten Senkbeil

Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter

ISBN: 9783825359331

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 306

View: 4119

Sport competitions belong to the most prominent mass media events in the USA today. To understand the cultural impact that sports have on the American collective consciousness, one must be aware of the overt and covert ideological assumptions that surface in the media discourse around these sport events. With the help of a modern, software-based linguistic methodology (Corpus-Assisted Discourse Studies), this book analyses thousands of journalistic texts from the first decade of the 21st century, to uncover the interplay of dominant hegemonic discourses and subaltern ideological interpretations, which form a more or less stable but constantly challenged and re-negotiated consensus equilibrium in the public discussion around the Americans' 'favorite pastimes'. Core ideologies from American history define the media's interpretations of sports and are therefore central topics in this book: capitalism and rural nostalgia, patriotism and militarism, family values, rugged individualism, and remnants of the frontier mythology. Hence, understanding American sports discourse means understanding the American psyche in a period of challenges and changes.

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