Global Games (Sport and Society) Hardcover – 15 Aug 2001
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"These data constitute the best available basis for this study, which is organized by sport and country. Although Van Bottenburg at first dismisses as simplistic factors such as climate, geography, religion, and economics, by the end of the book he takes these factors -- in combination with considerations such as specific agencies, social class, cultural hegemony, and history -- into consideration and expertly weaves them together." -- Choice "Van Bottenburg has compiled this impressive study to find out how and why a specific sport finds popularity in one country but not another... An insightful, academic look at why we play." -- MultiCultural Review ADVANCE PRAISE "A tour de force... The globalization of sport is rapidly emerging as a major theme in the sociology of sport, and Maarten Van Bottenburg's brilliant book deserves to be placed at the center of the discussion." -- Eric Dunning, author of Sport Matters: Sociological Studies of Sport, Violence, and Civilization "Observing the puzzling popularity of different sports in different parts of the world, Maarten van Bottenburg asks a deceptively simple question: Why this sport rather than that one? In answering the question, Van Bottenburg proves himself to be a historian, a sociologist, a social psychologist--and a wonderful storyteller." -- Allen Guttmann, author of Games and Empires "[T]he first truly global survey of writing on the global game. We should be grateful...Alongside Britain, the first great centres of footballing innovation were Central Europe and Latin America, and both are well represented here...the style and tone and subject matter of the pieces in this book are as diverse as the 208 member nations of FIFA...that in itself is one of the joys of dipping into The Global Game. But even better, the collection gives a powerful reminder to Anglo-Saxon literary cultures that football- the most global cultural phenomenon of all - has a rich, multivocal literary tradition." David Goldblatt, Times Literary Supplement, 9th Jan 2009 "There are some excellent pieces...Ian Jack is evocative in discussing Dunfermline, Slovenian poet Uros Zupan's piece on beauty and loss is poignant, and Mark Nuttall's on the importance of football to the Inuit is fascinating." Jonathan Wilson, FOURFOURTWO, Feb 2009
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