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Why is soccer the sport of choice in South America, while baseball has soared to popularity in the Caribbean? How did cricket become India's national sport, while China is a stronghold of table tennis?<P>In Global Games, Maarten Van Bottenburg asserts that it is the "hidden competition" of social and international relations, rather than the particular qualities of a given sport, that explains who plays what sport and why. People's different and changing preferences for sports are based on the social and cultural meanings they attribute to each sport, meanings that alter in response to changing relations among groups of people, both social classes and nations.<P>Looking at Britain, Germany, the United States, and Japan — the four centers from which the sports practiced by most people worldwide originate — Van Bottenburg discusses how individual sports developed, what institutions and groups spread them, and why certain sports and not others found a ready audience elsewhere. Key factors include the nature of the relationship between the country of origin and the adopting country, the international status of each, which groups dominated and promoted the various sports in their countries of origin, and the social status of the groups that appropriated them elsewhere.<P>A detailed and coherent account of the social significance and the politics underlying sports, Global Games demonstrates that sports are not a trivial pursuit but are deeply embedded in the way individuals and nations wish to be perceived.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-266) and index.

Table of Contents

A global panorama of sports — The popularity of sports : measurement and interpretation — The provenance of sports : modernization and sportization in centers of diffusion — Sports in Europe : the slow erosion of European dominance — Differences in the global sporting system — Competition between the lines.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252026546
Translator:
Jackson, Beverley
Author:
Jackson, Beverley
Author:
Van Bottenburg, Maarten
Author:
Maarten Van Bottenburg
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Location:
Urbana
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sports -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Sport and society
Series Volume:
106-40
Publication Date:
20010831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.3 in

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