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From Ritual to Record : The Nature of Modern Sports - Allen Guttmann

From Ritual to Record

The Nature of Modern Sports

Paperback Published: 14th July 2004
ISBN: 9780231133418
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Originally published in 1978, "From Ritual to Record" was one of the first books to recognize the importance of sports as a lens on the fundamental structure of societies. In this reissue, Guttmann emphasizes the many ways that modern sports, dramatically different from the sports of previous eras, have profoundly shaped contemporary life.

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A pioneering work in a field remarkably little touched... For any future writer about the philosophy or the sociology of sport in general, this book will be required reading. -- Julian Symons Times Literary Supplement The chief advantage that Guttmann has over other sports theoreticians is a willingness to employ the techniques of modern rhetoric in creating some order out of the ideological confusion now swirling around his subject. He is a definer, a synthesizer, a causal analyst, as well as an arguer and a counter-arguer. Virginia Quarterly [Guttmann's] lucid, original, stimulating, blessedly jargon-free book does something to lighten our darkness. His pleasant, incisive style reflects a mind uncluttered by prejudice or ideology. -- Brian Glanville London Sunday Times

Prefacep. ix
Play, Games, Contests, Sportsp. 1
From Ritual to Recordp. 15
Capitalism, Protestantism, and Modern Sportp. 57
Why Baseball Was Our National Gamep. 91
The Fascination of Footballp. 117
Individualism Reconsideredp. 137
Conclusionp. 157
Afterword. From Ritual to Record: A Retrospective Critiquep. 163
Notesp. 175
Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9780231133418
ISBN-10: 0231133413
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 14th July 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 2