Sports Geography, 2nd Edition by John Bale

By John Bale

'Space' and 'place' are options imperative to either geography and game. locations, for instance, are the technique of making a choice on such a lot activities groups, whereas game either impacts, and is laid low with, the actual atmosphere and landscape.In this absolutely revised and up to date version of his vintage, discipline-defining textual content, John Bale comprehensively explores the relationships among recreation, position, position and panorama. Drawing on examples from all over the world, the publication addresses key issues from the geographical diffusion of contemporary game to the commercial influence of activity. additionally incorporated during this re-creation are state of the art components of geographic curiosity, from the 'geographical imagination', to postmodern and postcolonial enquiry.Presenting a wealth of study information, in addition to the main finished advisor to the literature at the moment to be had, this available textual content may be crucial interpreting for all scholars of activity, human geography and cultural reviews.

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It was suggested, for example, that games of Polynesia and New Zealand diffused from Asia; likewise ‘various forms of arrow throwing or shooting games show remarkably similar terminology, from Egypt, through Polynesia and much of the New World’ (Jett 1971). 1 The migration of the Picardian game of cache (adapted from Gillmeister 1981). broadly similar but lacked any standardised rules, any organising bureaucracy and any formalised records meant that even if widespread and efficient international travel had existed, international competition would have been meaningless.

The kinds of findings described above strongly suggest that place is of importance in team sports. Whether such a fundamental geographical attribute as territoriality explains this in total is, of course, debatable, but it does seem to go part of the way towards explaining a common occurrence at sporting events. 34 The geographical bases of modern sport Cross-cultural voyeurism International sport remains one of the few live forms in which large numbers of people actually encounter and witness the feats of those of other lands.

46 The growth and globalisation of sports college became a focus for top-level sport to a much greater extent than in much of Europe, where the club system evolved as the principal set-up for sport. In Britain the single-sport club contrasts with the multi-sport form of organisation more common in Europe. Sport and innovation diffusion The establishment of a modern sport in a particular place can be interpreted as the adoption of an innovation. Treating sports as innovations which diffused through time and across geographic space has produced at least two kinds of approach.

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