Sport: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780199688340

Mike Cronin
152 ページ
114 x 173 mm
Very Short Introductions



  • Charts the origins of sport from ancient times
  • Looks at how sport has evolved through history into the forms we see today
  • Examines the development of sport in relation to class, gender, commerce, and ethics
  • Looks at both traditional and modern forms of sport from around the world

Sport is big business; international in nature and the focus of much media and cultural attention. In this Very Short Introduction, Mike Cronin charts the history of sport, from its traditional origins in folk football and cock fighting to its position as a global phenomenon today. Looking at a variety of sports from team games such as rugby, cricket, and football to games for individuals such as golf, tennis, and skiing, he considers how these first emerged and captivated the interest of ordinary people, and how sport has been transformed within our daily lives. 
Exploring the relationship between sport and class, gender, commerce, identity, and ethics, Cronin considers some of the central issues in sport today, including the high pay of professional footballers and the glamour of sports women, as well as fair play standards. Charting sport through the ages and around the world, this is a short guide to the history, development, and place of sport in contemporary global society.  
"he has packed a lot of thought-provoking stuff into a small space, laced with telling facts" - Independent on Sunday


1: Origins
2: Modern sport
3: Amateurs and professionals
4: The sports business
5: International sport
6: Sport and society


Mike Cronin, Academic Director of Boston College in Ireland
Professor Mike Cronin has worked for Boston College since 2005, and he is the Academic Director of BC in Ireland. Professor Cronin is one of the world's leading scholars on the history of sport and the context within which sport functions in the twenty-first century. Prior to working for Boston College, Professor Cronin spent eight years working with the world governing body of soccer, FIFA, in delivering their International Masters course. He has also worked closely with a number of sports organizations. He has written extensively on various aspects of sport history, and has been the recipient of both the UK's Lord Abedare prize and the US NASSH prize for sports history book of the year. He appears regularly on television and radio in Ireland and across the world, discussing sport and its relevance to society.