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The Anthropology of Sport


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Table of Contents

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1 * Sport, Anthropology, and History
2 * Sport, Colonialism, and Imperialism
3 * Sport, Health, and the Environment
4 * Sport, Social Class, Race, and Ethnicity
5 * Sport and Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
6 * Sport, Cultural Performance, and Mega-events
7 * Sport, Nation, and Nationalism
8 * Sport in the World System
Epilogue: Sport for Anthropology

Selected Bibliography

About the Author

Niko Besnier is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. He has written extensively on gender, sexuality, migration, economic relations, language, and sport. He is editor-in-chief of American Ethnologist. Susan Brownell is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is an expert on sports and Olympic Games in China, Olympic history, and world's fairs. She is the author of Training the Body for China: Sports in the Moral Order of the People's Republic. Thomas F. Carter is an anthropologist at the University of Brighton and director of the Centre for Sport, Tourism and Leisure Studies. He has written on Cuban sport, labor migration, governance, sport for development, and the politics of spectacle. His most recent book is In Foreign Fields: The Politics and Experiences of Transnational Sport Migration.


"The three authors of The Anthropology of Sport have written their up-to-date survey of anthropology and sport in the style of an introductory textbook. The trio covers a basic range of topics in eight chapters, each of which could function as the essential reading for a lecture . . . Major thinkers and concepts are introduced in a deliberated, easy-to-understand manner." * Pacific Affairs *

"Brownell, Besnier, and Carter's work is a new text in a yet undefined field - it may be the start of something new. If interested in the global nature of sport today, The Anthropology of Sport is a necessary read."

* Foucault News *

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