Lifestyle Sport in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Stephen C. Poulson

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813575729

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 246

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Triathlons, such as the famously arduous Ironman Triathlon, and “extreme” mountain biking—hair-raising events held over exceedingly dangerous terrain—are prime examples of the new “lifestyle sports” that have grown in recent years from oddball pursuits, practiced by a handful of characters, into multi-million-dollar industries. In Why Would Anyone Do That? sociologist Stephen C. Poulson offers a fascinating exploration of these new and physically demanding sports, shedding light on why some people find them so compelling. Drawing on interviews with lifestyle sport competitors, on his own experience as a participant, on advertising for lifestyle sport equipment, and on editorial content of adventure sport magazines, Poulson addresses a wide range of issues. He notes that these sports are often described as “authentic” challenges which help keep athletes sane given the demands they confront in their day-to-day lives. But is it really beneficial to “work” so hard at “play?” Is the discipline required to do these sports really an expression of freedom, or do these sports actually impose extraordinary degrees of conformity upon these athletes? Why Would Anyone Do That? grapples with these questions, and more generally with whether lifestyle sport should always be considered “good” for people. Poulson also looks at what happens when a sport becomes a commodity—even a sport that may have begun as a reaction against corporate and professional sport—arguing that commodification inevitably plays a role in determining who plays, and also how and why the sport is played. It can even help provide the meaning that athletes assign to their participation in the sport. Finally, the book explores the intersections of race, class, and gender with respect to participation in lifestyle and endurance sports, noting in particular that there is a near complete absence of people of color in most of these contests. In addition, Poulson examines how concepts of masculinity in triathlons have changed as women’s roles in this sport increase.
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Risk, Masculinity, and Meaning in a Postmodern Sport

Author: Jeffrey L. Kidder

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813571979

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 216

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In the increasingly popular sport of parkour, athletes run, jump, climb, flip, and vault through city streetscapes, resembling urban gymnasts to passersby and awestruck spectators. In Parkour and the City, cultural sociologist Jeffrey L. Kidder examines the ways in which this sport involves a creative appropriation of urban spaces as well as a method of everyday risk-taking by a youth culture that valorizes individuals who successfully manage danger. Parkour’s modern development has been tied closely to the growth of the internet. The sport is inevitably a YouTube phenomenon, making it exemplary of new forms of globalized communication. Parkour’s dangerous stunts resonate, too, Kidder contends, with a neoliberal ideology that is ambivalent about risk. Moreover, as a male-dominated sport, parkour, with its glorification of strength and daring, reflects contemporary Western notions of masculinity. At the same time, Kidder writes, most athletes (known as “traceurs” or “freerunners”) reject a “daredevil” label, preferring a deliberate, reasoned hedging of bets with their own safety—rather than a “pushing the edge” ethos normally associated with extreme sports.
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Gender, Sport and the Unevenness of Social Change

Author: Cheryl Cooky,Michael A. Messner

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813592062

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 314

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In just a few decades, sport has undergone a radical gender transformation. However, Cheryl Cooky and Michael A. Messner suggest that the progress toward gender equity in sports is far from complete. The continuing barriers to full and equal participation for young people, the far lower pay for most elite-level women athletes, and the continuing dearth of fair and equal media coverage all underline how much still has yet to change before we see gender equality in sports. The chapters in No Slam Dunk show that is this not simply a story of an “unfinished revolution.” Rather, they contend, it is simplistic optimism to assume that we are currently nearing the conclusion of a story of linear progress that ends with a certain future of equality and justice. This book provides important theoretical and empirical insights into the contemporary world of sports to help explain the unevenness of social change and how, despite significant progress, gender equality in sports has been “No Slam Dunk.”
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Culture, Ideology, and Mobilizing Frameworks

Author: Stephen C. Poulson

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739117576

Category: History

Page: 339

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Stephen C. Poulson investigates cycles of social protest in Iran from 1890 to the present era. This work covers the following social movements: the 1890-92 Tobacco Movement; the 1906-09 Constitutional Revolution; two post-World War II movements, the Tudeh (Masses) and the National Front; the 1963 Qom Protest; and the 1978-79 Iranian Revolution. Poulson shows how various Iranian political actors have framed their dissent, drawing on both regional and Western-influenced modes of protest to achieve their ends.
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Author: Amy Lind,Stephanie Brzuzy

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313340390

Category: Electronic books

Page: 662

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Contains ninety-seven alphabetically arranged entries that provide information about women's studies topics, such as abortion, bisexuality, childcare, glass ceiling, nationalism, religion, sex work, and welfare reform.
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Author: Belinda Wheaton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134020481

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 248

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This important new study examines the changing place and meaning of lifestyle sports – parkour, surfing, skateboarding, kite-surfing and others – and asks whether they continue to pose a challenge to the dominant meanings and experience of ‘sport’ and physical culture. Drawing on a series of in-depth, empirical case-studies, the book offers a re-evaluation of theoretical frameworks with which lifestyle sports have been understood, and focuses on aspects of their cultural politics that have received little attention, particularly the racialization of lifestyle sporting spaces. Centrally, it re-assess the political potential of lifestyle sports, considering if lifestyle sports cultures present alternative identities and spaces that challenge the dominant ideologies of sport, and the broader politics of identity, in the 21st century. It explores a range of key contemporary themes in lifestyle sport, including: identity and the politics of difference commercialization and globalization sportscapes, media discourse and lived reality risk and responsibility governance and regulation the racialization of lifestyle sports spaces lifestyle sports outside of the Global North the use of lifestyle sport to engage non-privileged youth Casting new light on the significance of sport and sporting subcultures within contemporary society, this book is essential reading for students or researcher working in the sociology of sport, leisure studies or cultural studies.
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Author: Thomas Piketty

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674979850

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 816

View: 6831

The main driver of inequality—returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth—is again threatening to generate extreme discontent and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty’s findings in this ambitious, original, rigorous work will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.
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Issues and Controversies

Author: Jay J. Coakley

Publisher: Ingram

ISBN: 9780071285285

Category: Sports

Page: 688

View: 5628

Sports in Society is the definitive text for the sport sociology course. Taking a global, issues-oriented approach to the study of the role of sport in society, this text encourages the discussion of current sports-related controversies and helps students develop critical thinking skills.
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Author: Timothy Jon Curry,Robert M. Jiobu,Kent P. Schwirian

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780131850781

Category: Social Science

Page: 548

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This introduction to sociology helps individuals explore how they learn and how to use learning strategies for more effective study. Its four-part organization covers specific topics under the headings of: perspective and method, social inequality, social institutions, and working for change. A focus on deviance and crime includes an extensive discussion of crime, crime rates, and the criminal justice system. For those pondering some of the many issues facing society today.
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Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School

Author: Committee on Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment,Food and Nutrition Board,Institute of Medicine

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309283140

Category: Medical

Page: 475

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Physical inactivity is a key determinant of health across the lifespan. A lack of activity increases the risk of heart disease, colon and breast cancer, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, osteoporosis, anxiety and depression and others diseases. Emerging literature has suggested that in terms of mortality, the global population health burden of physical inactivity approaches that of cigarette smoking. The prevalence and substantial disease risk associated with physical inactivity has been described as a pandemic. The prevalence, health impact, and evidence of changeability all have resulted in calls for action to increase physical activity across the lifespan. In response to the need to find ways to make physical activity a health priority for youth, the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment was formed. Its purpose was to review the current status of physical activity and physical education in the school environment, including before, during, and after school, and examine the influences of physical activity and physical education on the short and long term physical, cognitive and brain, and psychosocial health and development of children and adolescents. Educating the Student Body makes recommendations about approaches for strengthening and improving programs and policies for physical activity and physical education in the school environment. This report lays out a set of guiding principles to guide its work on these tasks. These included: recognizing the benefits of instilling life-long physical activity habits in children; the value of using systems thinking in improving physical activity and physical education in the school environment; the recognition of current disparities in opportunities and the need to achieve equity in physical activity and physical education; the importance of considering all types of school environments; the need to take into consideration the diversity of students as recommendations are developed. This report will be of interest to local and national policymakers, school officials, teachers, and the education community, researchers, professional organizations, and parents interested in physical activity, physical education, and health for school-aged children and adolescents.
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Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 0525512187

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 617

In Sapiens, he explored our past. In Homo Deus, he looked to our future. Now, one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet turns to the present to make sense of today’s most pressing issues. How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today’s most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. In twenty-one accessible chapters that are both provocative and profound, Harari builds on the ideas explored in his previous books, untangling political, technological, social, and existential issues and offering advice on how to prepare for a very different future from the world we now live in: How can we retain freedom of choice when Big Data is watching us? What will the future workforce look like, and how should we ready ourselves for it? How should we deal with the threat of terrorism? Why is liberal democracy in crisis? Harari’s unique ability to make sense of where we have come from and where we are going has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. Here he invites us to consider values, meaning, and personal engagement in a world full of noise and uncertainty. When we are deluged with irrelevant information, clarity is power. Presenting complex contemporary challenges clearly and accessibly, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is essential reading.
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Advice for Parents, Coaches, and Teachers

Author: Janet E. LeBlanc

Publisher: Oakville, Ont. : Mosaic Press

ISBN: 9780889626300

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 135

View: 9347

Grade level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, e, i, t.
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Author: Jessica Bruder

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393249328

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 3574

The end of retirement? From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves “workampers.” On frequently traveled routes between seasonal jobs, Jessica Bruder meets people from all walks of life: a former professor, a McDonald’s vice president, a minister, a college administrator, and a motorcycle cop, among many others—including her irrepressible protagonist, a onetime cocktail waitress, Home Depot clerk, and general contractor named Linda May. In a secondhand vehicle she christens “Van Halen,” Bruder hits the road to get to know her subjects more intimately. Accompanying Linda May and others from campground toilet cleaning to warehouse product scanning to desert reunions, then moving on to the dangerous work of beet harvesting, Bruder tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy—one that foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, she celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these quintessential Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive. Like Linda May, who dreams of finding land on which to build her own sustainable “Earthship” home, they have not given up hope.
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Author: Prof. Karin Volkwein-Caplan

Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Verlag

ISBN: 1782550410

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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Sport|Fitness|Culture focuses on the influences of culture and society on human movement, such as sport, physical activity, and fitness. The text introduces and analyzes current issues of importance for those concerned with human movement and culture, whether it is in the context of teaching physical education, coordinating/ marketing sport and recreational programs, coaching or serving the general population – young and old – with any form of physical activity. Sport|Fitness|Culture incorporates interdisciplinary, cutting-edge work reflecting various research paradigms from these theoretical perspectives: sociology, psychology, history, philosophy, anthropology, gender and race studies and cultural studies. The fact that more and more people of all ages are participating in sport and physical activity means that serious attention must be paid to increasing awareness of the positive as well as the negative effects of such involvement. Indeed, sport has become a major socio-cultural factor in people’s lives. In the USA, there is hardly anyone who is not touched by this movement; however, people have very different experiences based on their cultural and socio-economic background, including gender, race/ethnicity, age, ability, as well as their sexual and religious orientations. This book will educate people about the importance of socio-cultural as well as psychological factors influencing people’s choices, opportunities, experiences and limitations in the domain of human movement.
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Drifting Apart in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Jacqueline Olds,Richard S. Schwartz

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807000353

Category: Psychology

Page: 228

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In our culture it's more socially acceptable to be depressed than to be lonely. Yet loneliness is the inevitable by-product of our frenetic contemporary lifestyle. In this marvelously acute critique of how we live, Drs. Jacqueline Olds and Richard S. Schwartz show how the American way of life can lead to social isolation. Calling on their extensive clinical experience, new social surveys, and recent research on the effects of social exclusion, Olds and Schwartz uncover the ripple effects of social isolation in areas as varied as physical health, children's emotional problems, substance abuse, violent crimeeven global warming.
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A Lifetime Supply of 21st Century Health Science In Daily Doses to Improve Your Lifestyle In Almost Every Way Imaginable

Author: Dr. Douglas N Graham

Publisher: FoodNSport

ISBN: N.A

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 481

View: 3973

Would you like to have a world-class coach helping you every day? Imagine what you can achieve with a Life Coach, a Health Coach, and a Fitness Coach in your head everyday. The people we admire usually have the advantage of world class information at their finger tips and with this great text available as your companion you can enjoy those same advantages. Perpetual Health, which acts very much like a year-long course is exceptionally wide-ranging, hitting on all kinds of ways that good nutrition and healthy lifestyles can be easily understood and just as easily implemented. If you want the motivation, the science, and the occasional good laugh at the sometimes crazy health scene, you have to read Perpetual Health. The beauty of the book is that it is designed to be read at a pace of just one lesson per day, so the time commitment is short, but the effect Perpetual Health will have on your health will be huge! Who Is This Book For? *Anyone who is interested in learning how to best increase their energy levels, *Athletes who want to sustain longer and better in their sport, *Anyone who wants to learn how to create a healthy lifestyle, *Anyone who wants to know how to get fit, *People that are 'sick' of getting recurring illnesses and want to do something about it, *Anyone who wishes they had just a little more energy to enjoy life more. You’ll gain a breadth of knowledge for those who already know and understand how to create abundant health, Perpetual Health 365 serves as a challenge and a tool for everyone to raise the bar, raise expectations, and improve lifestyle in almost every way imaginable. Perpetual Health is written like a year-long course, to be read one lesson per day for the entire year. Dr. Graham covers a huge variety of topics, as this book is truly his masterpiece work on health. The 378 lessons are each short enough to be read and understood in under 10 minutes, limiting your daily time commitment while making this fairly long book much easier to read. Perpetual Health is designed to help you bring healthy changes into every aspect of your lifestyle, including the way you think about yourself and the way you talk to yourself. Expect the influence of Dr. Graham’s epic book, the one he wants you to remember him by, to have a profound influence on your life. The best gift you could possibly give yourself and your loved ones is the gift of Perpetual Health. Dr. Graham holds your hand and guides you along a journey into healthful living. Perpetual Health is a course in health that you can take one day/one page at a time. I have always appreciated the beauty of perpetual calendars, so why not a perpetual course? Each day’s lesson explores a single health concept or factor, addresses it in depth, and then moves on. By the time you return to the lesson, a full year later, much of what you read a year ago will either seem new to you again, or be an old friend that you are happy to revisit, expanding your understanding and appreciation for the depth of the message. What You’ll Get From This Book? *Learn how to become more fit, *Learn which foods are providing you with the most energy per bite, *Learn which supplements work and why most don’t, *Learn how to effectively lose weight, *Learn the fundamentals about health production in your body, *Learn why some people don’t burn fat, *Learn how to create more health. Whatever you're looking for - weight loss, more energy, freedom from disease, a total feeling of well-being that you may never have experienced before in your life - you can have it. Make this year YOUR YEAR, with Perpetual Health.
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Author: Nick Cave

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 0857860976

Category: Bibles

Page: 64

View: 1198

The earliest of the four Gospels, the book portrays Jesus as an enigmatic figure, struggling with enemies, his inner and external demons, and with his devoted but disconcerted disciples. Unlike other gospels, his parables are obscure, to be explained secretly to his followers. With an introduction by Nick Cave
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Reference Guide to Books & Related Products

Author: R R Bowker Publishing

Publisher: Reed Reference Publishing

ISBN: 9780835241502

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

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