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Making Sense of Sports [Paperback]

Ellis Cashmore
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10 Sep 2010

Updated, revised and enhanced with new features, the fifth edition of Making Sense of Sports is the biggest and strongest yet.

Ellis Cashmore's unique multidisciplinary approach to the study of sports remains the only introduction to combine anthropology, biology, economics, history, philosophy, psychology and sociology with cultural and media studies to produce a distinct unbroken vision of the origins, development and current state of sports. New chapters on exercise culture and the moral climate of sports support a thoroughly overhauled text that includes fresh material on Islam, sports commerce and corruption.

Now packed with teaching supplements, including access to a dedicated online resource headquarters with video podcasts of twenty-one chapter outlines from the author (, online quizzes, and an additional twenty-first chapter on depression and mental health in sports and exercise, the new edition contains a cornucopia of thought boxes, as well as guides to further reading, capsule explanations and model essays. In short, Making Sense of Sports is an all-purpose introduction to the study of sports.

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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 5 edition (10 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415552214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415552219
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Provides a thorough overview of issues that pervade the growing field of sports sociology ... it is a text that is to be strongly recommended.' - Sociology

Praise for a previous edition:
'Ellis Cashmore's text is a clear and eloquent outline of many of the important areas in the broad field of sports sociology ... an original, interesting and timely interpretation of a fast-moving field of academic study.'
- Times Higher Education Supplement

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Praise for the second edition of Making Sense of Sports

‘Ellis Cashmore’s text is a clear and eloquent outline of many of the important areas in the broad field of sports sociology… an original, interesting and timely interpretation of a fast-moving field of academic study.’

Times Higher Education Supplement

‘One of the strengths of Cashmore’s book is that he does not limit himself to one particular perspective… the multi-disciplinary approach to sports studies which is employed here is certainly an attractive and integrative alternative to the more traditional sub-disciplinary approach.’

Culture, Sport, Society

Ellis Cashmore's unique, multidisciplinary introduction to sport studies is completely revised, updated, enlarged and enhanced with new chapters that reflect the changing character of contemporary sport.

Already established as a standard text, Cashmore's challenging approach to the study of sport has been improved and augmented with new chapters on:

THE MIND OF THE ATHLETE — a probe into the psychological qualities and processes that separate winners from also-rans.

THE RISE AND RISE OF CELEBRITIES — about the rise of celebrity culture and how this has affected the status of athletes.

Among the questions that are addressed in the new edition are:

Cyborgization — will the human body be re-designed in a way that meets athletic needs — in much the same way as cosmetic surgery has enabled the re-design of bodies to suit aesthetic preferences?

Nature or nurture — have advances in genetic science helped us solve whether great athletes are either born or made and, if so, how will this affect our understanding of competition?

Masculinities — Does masculine power still dominate in sports and, if not, what does this tell us about the state of men?

Ellis Cashmore is Professor of Culture, Media and Sport at the University of Staffordshire. His latest books include Beckham (Polity, 2002), Tyson (Polity, 2004) and Sports Culture – An A-Z Guide (Routledge, 2000).

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A new edition of an excellent book that examines the relationship between sport and society. Taking examples from modern sport to aid understanding. The book looks at sociological theory and its role with sport, to explain why sport is the way it is. Also the book covers topics such as politics in sport, drugs in sport, giving explanations why they are used and why sport is targeted and used as a political tool. This book looks beyond sport as a 'game' but rather as a cultural institution that embodies society`s values and prejudices. An excellent book for anyone studying The Sociology of Sport, and a fascinating read for anyone involved in sport.
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By Don
Just looked up what he said about Marsh et al's rules of disorder. Paints them as being in the shadow of Desmond (monkey man) Morris which is about as far from my reading as you get. I hated Morris's account but could see my experience of football violence in the account. The dismissal of this as ivory tower research after the hours they spent at the games is a travesty - a sign of an arrogant man looking for the one line put down. Marsh and co-authors did what no one had done prior to their study in that they picked out the range of behaviours and types of participants... in it I could see our 'nutter' the person that liked to fire the bullet (start the aggro) but who melted into the background when it kicked off), the ritualization of the aggression. It was all there. The generals and troop... yeah, it could fall apart, but we all (firms) had people we could look to for organisation - those who would me leading the line. What does Cashmore know about that? A classic is the time Man U took the Kop (GE) at Leeds. The pincer movement organised by the Shipley lads was classic.

The fact is when you read Marsh et al it has far more in common with the Collins (2008) theory of violence than most other accounts.
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I am sorry I cannot comment on this product as it was bought for my daughters university course. It obviously must be alright as she hasn't complained.
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1.0 out of 5 stars From the man that supports doping in sports 24 Oct 2012
By Frank
I had brought the book but before I opened it, I was reading CNN where this idiot author promotes doping in sports. So, your college school kids might be better at football but they might be brain dead before they are 25, or be born with ill-effected Children, your Grand Children. I will be sending the book in the trash from this dope of an author....
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