The World through Soccer

The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport
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Acknowledgments Foreword Introduction Chapter 1: Saving the nation - Soccer and national identity Chapter 2: "Believe, obey, and fight" - Soccer and dictators Chapter 3: Winning hearts and minds - Soccer, ideological hegemony, and "class warfare" Chapter 4: "One ball can change the world" - Soccer and social change Chapter 5: Gods and their shrines - Soccer as a pagan religion Chapter 6: Playing fair - Soccer and ethics Chapter 7: The business of business - Soccer, business, and marketing Chapter 8: Leading by example - Soccer as a leadership opportunity Chapter 9: Dreaming of Wembley or Anfield - Soccer, dreams, and childhood Chapter 10: Immortal heroes? - Soccer and the meaning of life Chapter 11: Soccer and fine arts - The pitch as canvas and player as artist Conclusion Appendix Bibliography About the Author
The world's most popular sport, soccer is a global and cultural phenomenon. The television audience for the 2010 World Cup included nearly half of the world's population, with viewers in nearly every country. As a reflection of soccer's significance, the sport impacts countless aspects of the world's culture, from politics and religion to business and the arts. In The World through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport, Tamir Bar-On utilizes soccer to provide insights into worldwide politics, religion, ethics, marketing, business, leadership, philosophy, and the arts. Bar-On examines the ways in which soccer influences and reflects these aspects of society, and vice versa. Each chapter features representative players, providing specific examples of how soccer comments on and informs our lives. These players-selected from a wide array of eras, countries, and backgrounds-include Diego Maradona, Pele, Hugo Sanchez, Cha Bum-Kun, Roger Milla, Jose Luis Chilavert, Zinedine Zidane, Paolo Maldini, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi, Neymar, Clint Dempsey, Mia Hamm, and many others.
Employing a unique lens to view a variety of topics, The World through Soccer reveals the sport's profound cultural impact. Combining philosophical, popular, and academic insights about our world, this book is aimed at both soccer fans and academics, offering readers a new perspective into a sport that affects millions.
Autor: Tamir Bar-On
Tamir Bar-On is professor in the Department of International Relations and Humanities at the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Queretaro, in Mexico. He is the author of Where Have All the Fascists Gone? (2007) and Rethinking the French New Right: Alternatives to modernity (2013).

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Autor: Tamir Bar-On
ISBN-13 :: 9781442234734
ISBN: 1442234733
Erscheinungsjahr: 07.05.2014
Verlag: Rowman & Littlefield
Gewicht: 668g
Seiten: 332
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Buch, 239x176x26 mm
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