ELCS6077 - Sport and Society in Europe since 1800: Theory and Practice
Course code: ELCS6077.
Course unit value: 0.5.
While physical activity had been part of cultural life in Europe since ancient times, the 19th century saw the development of organised and regulated sport and its spread to a wider and eventually mass audience. Today, sport is a mass-business and important social issue which receives attention from media and politicians, as well as those who participate in it. This course will chart the development of sport from the 19th century to the present and examine how this particular form of culture interacts with wider social and political ideas. During the course we will look at a range of theories examining how sport and society interact, as well as looking at specific examples of sporting cultures in Europe and issues of identity, gender and race.
Assessment: 2 assessed essays of 2000 words each.
Tutor: Nick Piercey
Preparatory reading and set texts:
General Theoretical Texts
- From Ritual to Record: The Nature of Modern Sports, Allen Guttman
- Sport: A Critical Sociology, Richard Giulianotti
- Sport, Culture and Society: An Introduction, Grant Jarvie
- The Field: Truth and Fiction in Sport History, Douglas Booth
- Calcio: A History of Italian Football, John Foot
- European Heroes: Myth, Identity, Sport, Richard Holt, James A. Mangan, Pierre Lanfranchi
- Gender and Sport: A Reader, Edited by Anne Flintoff (Editor), and Sheila Scraton
- Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football, Phil Ball
- Sport and the British: A modern History, Richard Holt
- Sport in Europe: politics, class, gender, James A. Mangan
- The Quest for Excitement. Sport and Leisure in the Civilizing Process, Norbert Elias and Eric Dunning
- Tor!: The Story of German Football, Ulrich Hesse-Lichtenberger
Chapters in Books or Journal Articles
- ‘Postmodernism and Sport Studies’, Geneviève Rail in Maguire J., and Young, J., Eds., Theory, Sport & Society, (Oxford: Elsevier Science Ltd, 2002), pp. 179-207,
- ‘Sport and social class’, Social Science Information, 17: 6, (1978) 819-840, Pierre Bourdieu