The uses of sport: a critical study by John Hughson, David Inglis, Marcus Free

By John Hughson, David Inglis, Marcus Free

This textbook places game within the highlight of cultural inquiry for the 1st time. The authors give you the crucial assets for the examine of recreation inside tradition and pop culture. recreation is a vital a part of cultural lifestyles, but until eventually lately it has tended to stay at the margins of educational cultural experiences. starting through contemplating activity when it comes to the pre-cultural reviews culture of cultural remark, The makes use of of recreation then strikes directly to a serious engagement with a few issues proper to modern cultural reports together with: group and social capital, cultural populism, cultural materialism, visible tradition and picture, and postmodernism and citizenship. As recreation maintains to achieve cultural and educational importance, this textbook becomes the definitive source for college students and students of cultural reviews, sociology, and activity and rest experiences.

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D. Leavis in her proto-Cultural Studies classic Fiction and the Reading Public, first published in 1932. R. Leavis’s claim that Hoggart was merely repeating work that his wife had done twenty-five years before, Hoggart’s book, as apparent from our discussion, extended to leisure themes beyond reading and popular literature – both publications and entertainments, as Hoggart’s subtitle indicates. Indeed, Hoggart might well have named the book The Uses of Leisure to account for the range of working class leisure practices covered in his discussion.

This tendency risks neglecting the ordinariness of sport participation, viewing and following. It is important that the cultural study of sport also produces work focused on the ordinary everyday practices of sport if we are to gain an understanding of how sport fits into contemporary patterns of community life and of the cultural meanings arising from the sport-supporting experience of the ‘ordinary’ sports fan. Sport and the ‘common culture’ The acceptance of the ordinariness of culture within Cultural Studies is most often attributed to the pioneering cultural commentary and analysis of Raymond Williams.

We consider a culturalist temperament towards the sport/nature nexus and ask whether this temperament has currency within contemporary sporting cultures based on thrill seeking. While writers like Scruton emphasise the necessary link between culture and nature it is important to distinguish between the two terms. Culture, in one of its derivations, is associated with cultivation, and this can be taken to mean the human cultivation of what exists in an untouched natural form. Culture alters nature as humanity impacts upon the environment and animal species.

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