Playing for Change: The Continuing Struggle for Sport and Recreation

Edited by Russell Field

© 2015

For more than forty years, scholars of the history and sociology of sport and recreation have studied how, no matter the time or place, sport is always more than just a game. In Playing for Change, leading scholars in the field of sports studies consider that legacy and forge ahead into the discipline’s future. Through essays grouped around the themes of international and North American sport, including the Vancouver and Sochi Olympic Games; access to physical activity in Canadian communities; and the role of activism and the public intellectual in the delivery of sport, the contributors offer a comprehensive examination of the institutional structures of sport, physical activity, and recreation. This book provides wide-ranging examples of cutting-edge research in a vibrant and growing field.

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This book provides wide-ranging examples of cutting-edge research in sports studies.

Playing for Change: The Continuing Struggle for Sport and Recreation

Edited by Russell Field

© 2015

For more than forty years, scholars of the history and sociology of sport and recreation have studied how, no matter the time or place, sport is always more than just a game. In Playing for Change, leading scholars in the field of sports studies consider that legacy and forge ahead into the discipline’s future. Through essays grouped around the themes of international and North American sport, including the Vancouver and Sochi Olympic Games; access to physical activity in Canadian communities; and the role of activism and the public intellectual in the delivery of sport, the contributors offer a comprehensive examination of the institutional structures of sport, physical activity, and recreation. This book provides wide-ranging examples of cutting-edge research in a vibrant and growing field.

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Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 480 pages
  • Illustrations: 6
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 1.3in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘Researchers will find prime reading for sport and physical culture studies and related philosophies of knowledge, and other readers will welcome the history of sport, recreation, and the body.’


    PearlAnn Reichwein
    BC Studies vol 194:2017

    ‘This is an enjoyable, well written book…. It is a book worth reading by anyone with a serious interest in sport, the roles that it plays in society and the roles that it could conceivably play.’


    Alan Bairner
    Idrottsforum: Nordic Sport Science Forum, 28 September 2016

    Playing for Change is a strong and dynamic collection that includes some dazzling essays.”


    Mark S. Dyreson, Department of Kinesiology, University of Pennsylvania

    Playing for Change brings together an unmatched array of scholars exploring the intersections between advocacy and scholarship. This collection is more than just sport history. It is a critical interdisciplinary reflection of why sport matters.”


    Melvin Adelman, Department of Human Sciences, The Ohio State University
  • Author Information

    Russell Field is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction — For Jets and Country: A Reminder of How Sport Matters
    Russell Field, University of Manitoba

    Part I: Global promises: The Contested Terrain of International Sport

    1. Sport, Development and the Challenge of Slums
    Richard Gruneau, Simon Fraser University

    2. The New ‘Culture Wars’: The Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Public Protest, and the Politics of Resistance
    Russell Field, University of Manitoba

    3. Sochi 2014: The Russian Oligarchy and Winter Games Funding
    Hart Cantelon, Professor Emeritus, University of Lethbridge, and James Riordan, Professor Emeritus, University of Surrey

    4. The Dialectic of Modern, High-Performance Sport: Returning to Dubin to Move Forward
    Rob Beamish, Queen’s University

    Part II: Continental divides: Revisiting the Shaping of Sport in North America

    5. The 1904 Chicago-St. Louis Transition and the Social Structuration of the American Olympic Movement
    John J. MacAloon, The University of Chicago

    6. Two-Way Hockey: Selling Canada’s Game in America, 1885-1935
    Stephen Hardy, University of New Hampshire

    7. Continentalization and America’s Contested Baseball Hegemony: the Postwar Challenge to Major League Baseball in Mexico, Quebec and the Caribbean, 1945-1955
    Colin Howell, Saint Mary’s University

    Part III: Local contours: Debating Access to Physical Activity in Canadian Communities

    8. Change Rooms and Change Agents: The Struggle against Barriers to Opportunities for Physical Activity and Sport in Ethnocultural Communities in Toronto
    Parissa Safai, York University

    9. Political Ecology, Discourse and Shared-use Trail Development in Nova Scotia: Braking for or Breaking the Environment?
    Robert Pitter and Glyn Bissix, Acadia University

    10. Intertwining Histories, Enhancing Strengths: Sport and Recreation Services in the Northwest Territories, 1962-2000
    Victoria Paraschak, University of Windsor

    Part IV: Shifting Ground: Reconsidering the Role of the Public Intellectual in Sport

    11. ‘Can you do this for my neighbourhood?’: Public Sport History, the Environment, and Community in an Industrial City
    Nancy B. Bouchier and Ken Cruikshank, McMaster University

    12. Where History meets Biography: Toward a Public Sociology of Sport
    Peter Donnelly and Michael Atkinson, University of Toronto

    13. ‘Shadow Disciplines’ or A Place for ‘Post-Disciplinary Liaisons’ in the North American Research University: What are we to do with Physical Cultural Studies?
    Patricia Vertinsky, University of British Columbia

    14. Bruce Kidd, Sport History, and Social Emancipation
    Douglas Booth, University of Otago