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Sports in American History: From Colonization to Globalization journeys from the early American past to the present to give students a compelling grasp of the historical evolution of American sporting practices. This text provides students with insights that will allow them to develop new and alternative perspectives, examine sport as a social and cultural phemen, generate a better understanding of current sport practices, and consider future developments in sport in American life.This expansive text is the most comprehensive resource on sport history, providing coverage of sport by historical periods-from the indigeus tribes of premodern America, through colonial societies, to the era of sport in the United States today. Unlike previous sport history texts, Sports in American History examines how women, mirities, and ethnic and religious groups have influenced U.S. sporting culture. This gives students a broader kwledge of the complexities of sport, health, and play in the American experience and how historical factors, such as gender, ethnicity, race, and religion, provide a more complete understanding of sports in American history. The easy-to-follow material is divided into nine chrological chapters starting with sporting practices in colonial America and ending with globalized sport today, making it ideal for a semester-long course. Each chapter includes objectives, an introduction, a summary of the points covered, and discussion questions to help students easily identify and remember the key concepts presented. In addition, the text has the following features: -An extensive time line of significant sport and nsport events gives students a handy reference point from which to view the past.-End-of-chapter discussion questions help students comprehend the material and aid instructors in class preparation.-Sidebars provide alternative perspectives about sport issues and developments, including international differences in the organization, play, and culture of sport. People and Places sidebars offer brief glimpses into key institutions and figures that have affected sport during a particular period. -Primary documents from each historical period-including newspapers, illustrations, photographs, historical writings, quotations, and posters-are integrated into each chapter to bring the time periods to life for students. -An extensive bibliography features primary and secondary sources in American sport history.Sports in American History is unique in its level of detail, broad time frame, and focus on sports and the evolving definitions of physical activity and games. In addition, excerpts from primary documents provide firsthand accounts that will t only inform and fascinate readers but also provide a well-rounded perspective on the historical development of American sport. With sidebars offering an international viewpoint, this book will help students understand how historical events have shaped sport differently in the United States than in other parts of the world.
Gerald R. Gems, PhD, is an international scholar and the author and editor of 8 books and more than 125 publications. He currently is a professor in health and physical education at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Gems serves on the Executive Council and Scientific Committee of the International Society for History of Physical Education and Sport and is a past president of the North American Society for Sport History. He has been the book review editor of the Journal of Sport History since 1996. Dr. Gems was awarded the Fulbright Senior Specialist Award for 2007 to 2012 and was an Illinois Roads Scholar in history from 1999 to 2003. He earned his PhD in sport history at the University of Maryland. Linda J. Borish, PhD, an associate professor of history at Western Michigan University, has focused her research on American women's sport and health history. Her research has been published in both national and international publications. She was selected in 2001-2002 as the International Ambassador for the North American Society for Sport History and also served on its Executive Council and Publications Board. She is executive producer and historian of the documentary film Jewish Women in American Sport: Settlement Houses to the Olympics and has received numerous research grants related to American women and sport history in rural and urban contexts. Borish was the book review coeditor on the Journal of Sport History from 1996 to 2000. Dr. Borish earned her PhD in American studies from the University of Maryland. In addition to her role at Western Michigan, Borish is a research associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University. Gertrud Pfister, PhD, is a professor at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. She was president of the International Sport Sociology Society from 2001 to 2007. Pfister was also president of the International Society for the History of Sport and Physical Education from 1993 to 2000 and won the association's award for lifelong achievements in the area of sport history in 2005. Dr. Pfister earned an honorary doctorate from Semmelweis University in Budapest. She is a fellow of the American Academy for Kinesiology and Physical Education and the European College for Sport Science.
Gerald R. Gems, Gertrud Pfister, Linda J. Borish
Human Kinetics Publishers
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General Sport & Fitness Training
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