'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
From the Back Cover
Praise for the second edition of Making Sense of Sports
â€˜Ellis Cashmoreâ€™s text is a clear and eloquent outline of many of the important areas in the broad field of sports sociologyâ€¦ an original, interesting and timely interpretation of a fast-moving field of academic study.â€™
Times Higher Education Supplement
â€˜One of the strengths of Cashmoreâ€™s book is that he does not limit himself to one particular perspectiveâ€¦ 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.â€™
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 â€” a probe into the psychological qualities and processes that separate winners from also-rans.
THE RISE AND RISE OF CELEBRITIES â€” 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 â€” will the human body be re-designed in a way that meets athletic needs â€” in much the same way as cosmetic surgery has enabled the re-design of bodies to suit aesthetic preferences?
Nature or nurture â€” 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 â€” 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 â€“ An A-Z Guide (Routledge, 2000).--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Ellis Cashmore is Professor of Culture, Media and Sport at Staffordshire University's Faculty of Health. Prior to this he was Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa, Florida, and Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. Previous publications include, Martin Scorsese's America (Polity Press, 2009), Sport and Exercise Psychology: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2008) and Celebrity/Culture (Routledge, 2006).