Ball Discovering the Object of the Game

ISBN-10: 0061881791

ISBN-13: 9780061881794

Edition: 2012

Authors: John Fox

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Rolling Heads and Pigskins takes us to the farthest reaches of the globe and the deepest recesses of our ancient past to answer a question asked by every child on Earth: "Why do we play ball?"Inspired by the curiosity of his sports-obsessed 8-year-old son, anthropologist John Fox sets off on a global adventure to explore the untold history of our favorite ball games, investigate their origins and evolutionary tracks, and discern how one of humanity's simplest inventions—the humble, ubiquitous ball—has staked an unrivaled claim on our history, our passions, our money, and our lives.From the jungles of Mexico to the farm country of Ohio, from the courts of the ancient Pharaohs to the virtual playing fields of Second Life, Rolling Heads and Pigskins puts us center court for the gritty, ritualistic, violent, bizarre, primal drama of ball games as we've played them across the centuries. Part history, part travelogue, and part sportscast, Rolling Heads and Pigskins spins tales of the ball itself as actor and instigator, a player who taps our human urge to hit, kick, throw, and tackle.In the end, Rolling Heads and Pigskins removes us from the scandals, corruption, and commercialism of today's sports to uncover the true reasons we play ball, helping us reclaim our fundamental human connection to the games we love.
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Book details

List price: $18.50
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

John Fox is the Senator William McMaster Professor of Social Statistics in the Sociology Department of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Professor Fox earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972. He has delivered numerous lectures and workshops on statistical topics, at such places as the summer program of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, and the Oxford Spring School in Quantitative Methods for Social Research. He has written many articles on statistics, sociology, and social psychology, and is the author of several books on statistics, including most recently Applied Regression Analysis and Generalized Linear Models, Second Edition (Sage, 2008) and A Mathematical Primer for Social Statistics (Sage, 2009), and (with Sanford Weisberg) An R Companion to Applied Regression, Second Edition (Sage, 2011). Professor Fox is an active contributor to the R Project for Statistical Computing and is a member of the R Foundation. His work on this book was partly supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Prologue: Warm-up
Play Ball
From Skirmish to Scrum
Advantage, King
Sudden Death in the New World
The Creator's Game
Home, with Joy
Played in America
Nothing New Under the Sun
Epilogue: Back to Basics
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index
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