Sports around the World: History, Culture, and Practice [4 volumes]

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John Nauright
ABC-CLIO, Apr 6, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 1848 pages
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Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice provides a unique, global overview of sports and sports cultures. Unlike most works of this type, this book provides both essays that examine general topics, such as globalization and sport, international relations and sport, and tourism and sport, as well as essays on sports history, culture, and practice in world regions—for example, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and Oceania—in order to provide a more global perspective. These essays are followed by entries on specific sports, world athletes, stadiums and arenas, famous games and matches, and major controversies.

Spanning topics as varied as modern professional cycling to the fictional movie Rocky to the deadly ball game of the ancient Mayans, the first three volumes contain overview essays and entries for specific sports that have been and are currently practiced around the world. The fourth volume provides a compendium of information on the winners of major sporting competitions from around the world.

Readers will gain invaluable insights into how sports have been enjoyed throughout all of human culture, and more fully comprehend their cultural contexts. The entries provide suggestions for further reading on each topic—helpful to general readers, students with school projects, university students and academics alike. Additionally, the four-volume Sports Around the World spotlights key charismatic athletes who have changed a sport or become more than just an outstanding player.

  

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The first three volumes in this set offer information on general sporting topics and sports in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania; the British Isles and Europe; and the Americas. Coverage ... Read full review

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Defining sport as a rulebound physical activity that is played at informal and formal levels by various age groups, the editors have selected 850 entries written by 250 experts in various sports and ... Read full review

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Contents

General Topics
1
Africa SubSahara
73
Asia South and East
173
Middle East and North Africa
269
Australia New Zealand and Oceana
315
Sports around the World
i
Title
iii
Copyright
iv
Acknowledgments
xxxiii
The History Culture and Practice of Sports Around the World
xxxvii
Latin America and the Caribbean
1
North America
147
Sports around the World
i
Title
iii
Copyright
iv
Dedication
v

Dedication
v
Contents
vii
Alphabetical List of Entries
xix
Acknowledgments
xxxiii
The History Culture and Practice of Sports Around the World
xxxvii
British Isles
1
Europe
219
Sports around the World
i
Title
iii
Copyright
iv
Dedication
v
Contents
vii
LATIN AMERICA AND NORTH AMERICA
xiv
Alphabetical List of Entries
xix
Contents
vii
BRITISH ISLES AND EUROPE
xi
OLYMPIC MEDALISTS AND WINNERS AND CHAMPIONS OF MAJOR WORLD SPORTING EVENTS
xviii
Alphabetical List of Entries
xix
Acknowledgments
xxxiii
The History Culture and Practice of Sports Around the World
xxxvii
Olympic MedalistsSummer Olympics
1
Olympic MedalistsWinter Olympics
221
Winners and Champions of Major World Sporting Events
261
Select Bibliography
365
Editors and Contributors
379
Index
391
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About the author (2012)

John Nauright is in the Department of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland, Australia and the author of The Political Economy of Sport, co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Sports History and the author of several other books on sports.

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