The cultural ubiquity, political prominence and economic significance of contemporary sport present fertile terrain for its critical socio-cultural analysis. From corporate and media dominated mega-events like the Olympic Games, to state programmes for nation-building and health promotion, to the cultural politics of "race," gender, sexuality, age and disability, sport isThe cultural ubiquity, political prominence and economic significance of contemporary sport present fertile terrain for its critical socio-cultural analysis. From corporate and media dominated mega-events like the Olympic Games, to state programmes for nation-building and health promotion, to the cultural politics of "race," gender, sexuality, age and disability, sport is so profoundly marked by relations of power that it lends itself to critique and deconstruction.Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport brings together leading experts on sport to address these issues and to reflect on the continued appeal of sport to people across the globe, as well as on the forms of inequality that sport both produces and highlights. Including a Foreword by Harry Cleaver and Afterword by Michael Berube, this book assesses the impact of this work on the fields of 'mainstream' Marxism and cultural studies. Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport is centred on three vital questions:Is Marxism still relevant for understanding sport in the twenty-first century?Has Marxism been preserved or transcended by cultural studies?What is the relationship between theory and intervention in the politics of sport?The result is a unique and diverse examination of modern sports culture. The first book published on the relationship between sport and Marxism for over twenty years, Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport is an invaluable resource for students of sport sociology, Marxism, and cultural studies at all levels....
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This is going to take me a while to digest. As some initial comments I'd say that one the sport, Marxism, cultural studies dynamic is complex, and caught in several contradictions, including the tension between sport & culture, cultural studies and political economy, the Corinthian notion of sport (for its own sake and all that) and late capitalist consumerist, commodified, spectacularist sport, and the distinctions between elite performance sport and the everyday practices of most people/players. This book comes at these tensions from a specific theoretical and disciplinary space – the uncomfortable fit between Marxism (in its various forms) and the academic cross/meta-discipline of cultural studies, which in the English form has strong links with cultural studies.As a recidivist Marxist I am more comfortable with some of the more explicitly Marxist papers here, and am delighted to see a meaningful and serious engagement with political economy. I'll be going back and using McDonald's critique of sport in capitalist society using Marcuse's 'one-dimensional man' model, Beamish's Olympics and alienation argument, Andrews's recovery of Ernst Mandel in Fredric Jameson, and Bairner recovery of Gramsci for Marxism. The most unsettling papers are three case studies of what the editors call 'sporting poetics' that in their form and content (and their more marginal Marxism) point to the fundamental gap that the Marxism-cultural studies contradiction turns on – Marxism's difficulties with small scale scenarios – individual celebrity and so forth. These papers point to what I suspect is our need to look more closely at writers such as Georg Lukács who grappled with these questions of culture. It is definitely a book for upper level university students and others of us in pointy-head land, and I suspect a really important one.