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Running Cultures : Racing in Time and Space - John Bale

Running Cultures

Racing in Time and Space

By: John Bale

Hardcover

Published: 1st September 2003
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Running is one of the world's most widely practiced sports and recreations but until now it has intended to elude serious study outside of the natural sciences. John Bale brings the sport into the realm of the humanities by drawing on sources including literature, poetry, film, art and sculpture as well as statistics and training manuals to highlight the tensions, ambiguities and complexities that lie hidden beneath the commonplace notion of running.
The text explores both local and personal, as well as communal and global aspects of running and its practitioners. It examines the streets, tracks and stadiums where athletes run, the races in which they compete, and the running relationships such as exist between the athlete and the coach, between runners and between the athlete and spectator. It discusses the importance of speed and records, how running has been used to symbolise resistance and transgression, and the extent to which it can be associated with a healthy lifestyle.
Running Cultures provides new ways of seeing a familiar sporting phenomenon. it will appeal to both students and researchers with an interest in running in particular, and sport and leisure cultures more generally.

Introduction
Ways of Running
Running Ways
Beyond the Arena
Athletes as Pets
Running as Transgression and Resistance
Escape: Runners as Cosmopolites
Running and Racing: Moral Dilemmas and a Good Life?
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ISBN: 9780714655352
ISBN-10: 071465535X
Series: Sport in the Global Society
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 213
Published: 1st September 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1