Sport Matters: Sociological Studies of Sport, Violence and Civilisation
1999 North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Book Award
Sport Matters offers a comprehensive introduction to the study of modern sport from a sociological perspective. It covers such topics as the history of sport, the development of ideas of 'fair play', sport and the emotions, the professionalization of sport, race-relations and sport and sport and gender.
Unique in its cross-cultural analysis, it uses examples from around the globe, including sports spectator violence in North America, the growth of international soccer and the role of sport in the European identity.
"The focus of this book and its well-referenced case study technique of using sports-related issues that take on a more global or cross-cultural perspective is a valuable contribution for those interested in the serious pursuit of sociological inquiry into the domain of sport."-"Choice "Eric Dunning suggests that sociologists ought to pay more attention to sports. A student and coauthor of Nobert Elias, Dunning has written extensively on sports and believes indeed, that "Sport Matters. In this broad-based and erudite volume, the author covers topics ranging from the sports of medieval Europe to the fan violence at soccer matches to racial and gender stratification in sport. Eric Dunning has important things to say about sport. I learned a lot from this book. Though it is often marred by his continual attention to his mentor's paradigm, "Sport Mattersdemonstrates that if sociologists continue to ignore sport in their work, they will be ignoring a central part of people's lives and an important piece of contemporary culture."-Contemporary Sociology
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