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- DescriptionThis book explores the relationship between sport and democratization. Drawing on sociological and historical methodologies, it provides a framework for understanding how sport affects the level of egalitarianism in the society in which it is played. The author distinguishes between horizontal sport, which embodies and fosters egalitarian relations, and vertical sport, which embodies and fosters hierarchical relations. Christesen also differentiates between societies in which sport is played and watched on a mass scale and those in which it is an ancillary activity. Using ancient Greece and nineteenth-century Britain as case studies, Christesen analyzes how these variables interact and finds that horizontal mass sport has the capacity to both promote and inhibit democratization at a societal level. He concludes that horizontal mass sport tends to reinforce and extend democratization.
- Author BiographyPaul Christesen is Associate Professor of Classics at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Olympic Victor Lists and Ancient Greek History (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and the co-editor (with Donald Kyle) of the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity (forthcoming).
- Author(s)Paul Christesen
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication15/10/2012
- SubjectAncient History
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note15 b/w illus. 2 maps 7 tables
- Weight580 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine20 mm
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