Sport in Capitalist Society A Short History
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Description: Why are the Olympic Games the driving force behind a clampdown on civil liberties? What makes sport an unwavering ally of nationalism and militarism? Is sport the new opiate of the masses?These and many other questions are answered in this new radical history of sport by leading historian of sport and society, Professor Tony Collins.Tracing the history of modern sport from its origins in the burgeoning capitalist economy of mid-eighteenth century England to the globalised corporate sport of today, the book argues that, far from the purity of sport being ‘corrupted’ by capitalism, modern sport is as much a product of capitalism as the factory, the stock exchange and the unemployment line. Based on original sources, the book explains how sport has been shaped and moulded by the major political and economic events of the past two centuries, such as the French Revolution, the rise of modern nationalism and imperialism, the Russian Revolution, the Cold War and the imposition of the neo-liberal agenda in the last decades of the twentieth century. It highlights the symbiotic relationship between the media and sport, from the simultaneous emergence of print capitalism and modern sport in Georgian England to the rise of Murdoch’s global satellite television empire in the twenty-first century, and for the first time it explores the alternative, revolutionary models of sport in the early twentieth century.Sport in Capitalist Societyoffers the first sustained attempt to explain the emergence of modern sport around the world as an integral part of the globalisation of capitalism. It is essential reading for anybody with an interest in the history or sociology of sport, or the social and cultural history of the modern world.
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 5/30/2013
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
|Capitalism and the birth of modern sport|
|Class conflict and the decline of traditional games|
|Sport, nationalism and the French Revolution|
|The middle-class invention of amateurism|
|Women and the masculine kingdom of sport|
|The Victorian sporting industrial revolution|
|Sport and the age of empire|
|Unfair play: the racial politics of sport|
|Soccer's rise to globalism|
|The second revolution: sport between the world wars|
|Sex, drugs and sport in the Cold War|
|Taking sides in the 1960s|
|The revolution is being televised|
|Winners and losers: sport in the New World Order|
|Conclusion: what future for sport?|