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Globalization and Sport

Globalization and Sport
Playing the World

First Edition
  • Toby Miller - Loughborough University in London, England; and Murdoch University, Australia
  • Geoffrey A Lawrence - Central Queensland University, Australia
  • Jim McKay - Australia, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia
  • David Rowe - University of Western Sydney, Australia

168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Sport is the most universal feature of popular culture. It crosses language barriers and slices through national boundaries, attracting both spectators and participants, to a common lingua franca of passions, obsessions and desires. This book brings to light the connections between sport and culture. It argues that although sport is obviously a source of pleasure, it is also part of the government of everyday life. The creation of a sporting calendar, movements of rational recreation and the development of physical education in the public sector, are read as ways of disciplining and shaping urban-industrial populations. In addition, sport is examined as a principal front of globalization. The sports process draws together dispersed communities and generates economic wealth. The book demonstrates how commodification, bureaucratization and ideology are fundamental to the organization of sporting cultures.
Why This Book?

The `G-Word' Meets the `S-Word'
National Symbolism and the Global Exchange of Sporting Bodies
Sports Media sans Fronti[gr]eres
Citizens of the World
The Governance of Sport

Global Sport and Cultural Labour


"...Globalization and Sport is soundly researched and well-written.  I found this book as gripping as a best-selling novel.  I would recommend this book as essential reading for both undergraduates and postgraduates as well as for researchers in sociology of sport."

Elizabeth Rose
Edith Cowan University, Australia
Sport, Education and Society

Toby Miller

Toby Miller is a British-Australian-US interdisciplinary social scientist. He is the author and editor of over 30 books, has published essays in more than 100 journals and edited collections, and is a frequent guest commentator on television and radio programs. His teaching and research cover the media, sports, labor, gender, race, citizenship, politics, and cultural policy, as well as the success of Hollywood overseas and the adverse effects of electronic waste. Miller's work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Swedish, German, Turkish, Spanish and Portuguese. He has been Media Scholar in Residence at Sarai, the Centrefor the... More About Author

Geoffrey A Lawrence

Jim McKay

David Rowe

Professor David Rowe joined the Institute for Culture and Society in March 2006. He has published extensively in the areas of media and popular culture, especially sport, music and journalism, and brings substantial international research experience to the Centre, serving as a peer reviewer/editorial advisor for more than 20 scholarly journals and for several national research councils. Prof Rowe has published many essays and commentaries on cultural and social matters in print, broadcast and online media, and has been a research consultant for several government departments, local councils, professional organisations and community groups.... More About Author

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