Books by Andy Markovits

Mapping Sports Space
American Behavioral Scientist
Volume 46, Number 11, July 2003

Mapping Sports Space

The study of sports and how they have developed has often been viewed as a reflection of society. Although this exploration of sport has piqued the interest of many scholars, it has not held much significance. For sociologists, the key area of study is how sports space is linked to social construction and identity.

Throughout history, sports have had a powerful impact on society; but how do sport cultures emerge and sustain their place in those societies? Is there a limit to sports space - which is filled simply on a first-come, first-served basis - or do various social groups constantly compete within a limitless space?

Examining the cultural meanings of sport as well as the capacity of a society to value a particular kind of sport, this issue of American Behavioral Scientist explores a broad array of themes and questions surrounding the idea of sports space and its relationship to society. Looking at important economic and political trends, such as globalization and internationalization, the authors of these collected articles place sports space in the context of social processes and examine how specific societies render sports meaningful. They examine the socially determined and culturally specific conditions where sports are established and developed.

This issue encompasses a global look at the relationship between sports space and society and includes essays focusing on Germany, Austria, Ireland, India, and the United States. Offering in-depth analysis and a broad scope of study, this journal is an ideal resource for sociologists interested in the important aspects of sport space.

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