With God on their Side: Sport in the Service of Religion by Timothy Chandler, Tara Magdalinski

By Timothy Chandler, Tara Magdalinski

'Sport' and 'religion' are cultural associations with a world achieve. every one is characterized via ritualised functionality and by means of the ecstatic devotion of its fans, no matter if within the activities area or the cathedral of worship. This attention-grabbing assortment is the 1st to check, intimately, the connection among those cultural associations from a world, religiously pluralistic standpoint. It illuminates the position of game and faith within the social formation of collective teams, and explores how activity may perhaps function within the provider of a non secular community.The booklet deals a sequence of state of the art modern historic case-studies, wide-ranging of their social and spiritual contexts. It provides very important new paintings at the following interesting topics:* activity and Catholicism in Northern eire* Shinto and sumo in Japan* ladies, activity and the yankee Jewish identification* faith, race and rugby in South Africa* activity and Islam in France and North Africa* game and Christian fundamentalism within the US* Muhammad Ali and the kingdom of Islam.With God on their facet is key interpreting for all scholars of the historical past, sociology and tradition of recreation. It additionally provides vital new study fabric that might be of curiosity to non secular stories scholars, historians and anthropologists.

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Turner, ‘Irish pain that does not cease’, The Guardian, 21 July 1997, p. 8. 4 D. G. Grace swung his bat uproots for Protestant sanctuary’, The Guardian, 13 August 1997, p. 6. 5 H. McDonald and A. Alderson, ‘IRA terror for family of jockey who spoke out’, The Sunday Times, 27 July 1997, p. 6. 6 For details of the origins of the modern troubles, see S. Wichert, Northern Ireland Since 1945, London, Longman, 1991; C. Kennedy-Pipe, The Origins of the Present Troubles in Northern Ireland, Harlow, Longman, 1997.

Billig, Banal Nationalism, London, Sage, 1995, p. 125. 12 Rugby union is one of the few sports which operates on an agreed and widely accepted All-Ireland basis that is accepted by both Catholics and Protestants; however, the majority of Catholics involved at the top level are from the South, especially from Leinster and Munster. As a result of this clear zoning of Rugby support we cannot speak of a game that operates across the divide in Northern Ireland, as rugby union in the Province is still the preserve of Protestants.

224. 23 J. Sugden and A. Bairner, Sport, Sectarianism and Society in a Divided Ireland, Leicester, Leicester University Press, 1993, p. 35. 24 The Independent, 9 October 1991. 25 The Guardian, 16 November 1991. 26 See J. Sugden and A. Bairner, Sport, Sectarianism and Society in a Divided Ireland, Leicester, Leicester University Press, 1993, pp. 35–6. 27 In 1998 the political parties in Northern Ireland signed the Good Friday Agreement, which paved the way for a peaceful settlement of the troubles.

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