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Sport and Modernity


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Table of Contents

  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1. Athletics, Body Imagery and Spectacle: Greco-Roman Practices, Discourses and Ideologies
  • 2. The Politics of Representation: English Sport as an Object and Project of Modernity
  • 3. 'Staging' (Capitalist/Colonial) Modernity: International Exhibitions and Olympics
  • 4. German Modernism, Anti-Modernism and the Critical Theory of Sport
  • 5. A Savage Sorting of 'Winners' and 'Losers:' Modernization, Development, Sport, and the Challenge of Slums

About the Author

Richard Gruneau is Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University.


"Ric Gruneau is the best theorist and analyst of sports writing today or yesterday; and probably will be tomorrow, as well. Sport and Modernity is as sophisticated theoretically and as rich empirically as it is pleasing to read. A landmark."
Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside

"With the publication of the brilliant Sport and Modernity, Richard Gruneau has not only produced a new way of looking at sport but, more importantly, has offered us a radical rereading of the origins and project of modernity itself and in so doing confirms his position as Canada's leading social theorist and cultural historian of sport."
Ben Carrington, University of Southern California

'Richard Gruneau has become one of the foremost scholars in the socio-cultural study of sport, and in Sport and Modernity he has blended expert critical analyses of sport history with a highly nuanced sociological critique of modernity to produce an excellent text.'
European Journal for Sport and Society

'Sport and Modernity is a valuable reminder of the explanatory power of critical social theory. Irrespective of the degree to which one subscribes to this theory, Gruneau's clear explication and skilful application will ensure that it remains a key analytical tool in the sociology of sport for some time to come.'
Sociology of Sport Journal

'A new book by Rick Gruneau is a major even for the academic study of sport. Gruneau is undeniably one of the most insightful and influential critical sport scholars and has been for many years.'

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