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ISBN-10: 1789144574
ISBN-13: 9781789144574
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 09/14/2021
Dimensions: 9.20" L, 6.20" W, 1.70" H

Games People Played: A Global History of Sports

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This first global history of sports offers all spectators and participants reason to cheer–and to think.

Games People Played is, surprisingly, the first global history of sports. The book shows how sports have been practiced, experienced, and made meaningful by players and fans throughout history. It assesses how sports developed and diffused across the globe, as well as many other aspects, from emotion, discrimination, and conviviality; politics, nationalism, and protest; and how economics has turned sports into a huge consumer industry. It shows how sports are sociable and health-giving, and also contribute to charity. However, it also examines their dark side: sports’ impact on the environment, the use of performance-enhancing drugs, and match-fixing. Covering everything from curling to baseball, boxing to motor racing, this book will appeal to anyone who plays, watches, and enjoys sports, and wants to know more of their history and global impact.

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"A finely woven overview of important themes in sports history. Illustrating how sports are impactful to human societies in positive and negative ways, Vamplew draws on global examples from Western nations, Ancient Greece, and Indigenous communities from Central America to the Middle East and South Asia. Vamplew writes about the experiences of sports from elite to lower classes, and these perspectives expand the interpretations of sports in history... Readers interested in the history of sports in global context and the historical scholarship of sports will find much to pore over, and help in understanding the sociology and economics of sports and the evolving relationship between sports and people: players, sports officials, and spectators."– "Booklist"
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ISBN-10: 1789144574
ISBN-13: 9781789144574
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 09/14/2021
Dimensions: 9.20" L, 6.20" W, 1.70" H
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