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Muscle and Manliness: The Rise of Sport in American Boarding Schools (Sports and Entertainment)


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Axel Bundgaard has produced a meaningful work on the important but little-told history of interschool athletics, exploring the introduction and nature of sport in the controlled environment of the American boarding school. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, American educators looked to the English public school as the educational archetype for producing good men, good Christians, and good leaders. The British incorporation of sport into the process of education, however, took root only slowly in the United States, where it seemed alien to Puritan values extolling hard work and deploring play as wasted time. Only when educators were convinced that sport was an essential tool in the process of raising the next generation by building character, team spirit, and leadership did the informal physical play initiated by students in early schools begin to evolve toward the highly organized, school-sponsored sports of today. Using archival material from several eastern boarding schools founded in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Bundgaard traces this process from its beginnings in the muscular Christianity prevailing in the boarding schools of Victorian England--"most notably Rugby. There, athletics and the perfect system--"older boys shaping the manners and morals of younger ones--"were used to mold youth into "Christian gentlemen," and it was believed that the seeds of future military victories were planted on the school playing fields. Bundgaard shows how this model of sport and character building was gradually absorbed into the classical curricula of private education in America, and then continues to chronicle the dramatic changes in this model through the first decade of thetwentieth century, as educational philosophies evolved and an ideal of physical vigor and "conduct befitting a gentleman" emerged. Drawing on archival sources at Groton, Andover, Exeter, St. Paul's Suffield, Williston, Woodberry Forest, and Worcester Academy--"interviews, p

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Advocates of physical education routinely make claims about its positive character building qualities. Examining the evolution of the connection of sport with moral values of "manliness," Bundgaard (emeritus, physical education, St. Olaf College) investigates physical education discourse at New England and mid-Atlantic private boarding schools, he traces the English origins of the association of sport with character and their transport across the Atlantic, the development of gymnasia, the role of school papers in fostering sports, sport and moral education at the Groton School from its founding in the 1880s, and styles of faculty leadership in the evolution of sport and athletics.
Annotation 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

Bundgaard, Axel
Syracuse University Press
Physical Education
School sports
Boarding schools
Boarding schools -- United States.
Masculinity in sports - United States
Edition Description:
Sports and Entertainment
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9.58x6.40x.92 in. 1.10 lbs.

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