Making Sense of Sports

  • Filename: making-sense-of-sports.
  • ISBN: 9780415552202
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 586
  • Author: Ellis Cashmore
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book looks at sport not just as recreation, but as an integral part of contemporary culture, with connections to industry, commerce and politics. It explores the history and theories of sport, and touches on more controversial issues.

Making Sense of Sports

  • Filename: making-sense-of-sports.
  • ISBN: 0415348536
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 520
  • Author: Ernest Cashmore
  • Publisher: Psychology Press

This book looks at sport not just as recreation, but as an integral part of contemporary culture, with connections to industry, commerce and politics. It explores the history and theories of sport, and touches on more controversial issues.

Making Sense of Sports

  • Filename: making-sense-of-sports.
  • ISBN: 9780415348546
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 520
  • Author: Ernest Cashmore
  • Publisher: Psychology Press

This book looks at sport not just as recreation, but as an integral part of contemporary culture, with connections to industry, commerce and politics. It explores the history and theories of sport, and touches on more controversial issues.

Making Sense of Nature

  • Filename: making-sense-of-nature.
  • ISBN: 9781134613908
  • Release Date: 2013-08-15
  • Number of pages: 376
  • Author: Noel Castree
  • Publisher: Routledge

We listen to a cacophony of voices instructing us how to think and feel about nature, including our own bodies. The news media, wildlife documentaries, science magazines, and environmental NGOs are among those clamouring for our attention. But are we empowered by all this knowledge or is our dependence on various communities allowing our thoughts, sentiments and activities to be unduly governed by others? Making Sense of Nature shows that what we call ‘nature’ is made sense of for us in ways that make it central to social order, social change and social dissent. By utilising insights and extended examples from anthropology, cultural studies, human geography, philosophy, politics, sociology, science studies, this interdisciplinary text asks whether we can better make sense of nature for ourselves, and thus participate more meaningfully in momentous decisions about the future of life – human and non-human – on the planet. This book shows how ‘nature’ can be made sense of without presuming its naturalness. The challenge is not so much to rid ourselves of the idea of nature and its ‘collateral concepts’ (such as genes) but instead, we need to be more alert to how, why and with what effects ideas about ‘nature’ get fashioned and deployed in specific situations. Among other things, the book deals with science and scientists, the mass media and journalists, ecotourism, literature and cinema, environmentalists, advertising and big business. This innovative text contains numerous case studies and examples from daily life to put theory and subject matter into context, as well as study tasks, a glossary and suggested further reading. The case studies cover a range of topics, range from forestry in Canada and Guinea, to bestiality in Washington State, to how human genetics is reported in Western newspapers, to participatory science experiments in the UK. Making Sense of Nature will empower readers from a wide range of fields across the social sciences, humanities and physical sciences.

Making Sense of Diversity in Organizing Sport

  • Filename: making-sense-of-diversity-in-organizing-sport.
  • ISBN: 9781841262031
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 119
  • Author: Annelies Knoppers
  • Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Verlag

This superb volume aims to incorporate cutting-edge research designed to transcend the barriers between business and sport. It explores the ways in which diversity can be suppressed by dominant forces.It focuses on the organizational consequences of making sense and assigning meanings to diversity in sporting organizations, paying particular attention to the different approaches used in Europe and America. It concludes with a discussion on their various successes and the ways in which these approaches can be combined to produced a coherent strategy for dealing with diversity in sporting organizations.

Making Sense of Social Theory

  • Filename: making-sense-of-social-theory.
  • ISBN: 0742530477
  • Release Date: 2004-01-01
  • Number of pages: 243
  • Author: Charles H. Powers
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

In this short introductory sociology textbook, Powers (anthropology and sociology, Santa Clara U.) aims to provide a conceptual and historical map of the discipline, explain some of its major theoretical principles, and demonstrate the links between research and theory. He offers chapters on Durkhei

Making Sense of Education

  • Filename: making-sense-of-education.
  • ISBN: 9781134478132
  • Release Date: 2005-07-08
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: David Carr
  • Publisher: Routledge

Making Sense of Education provides a contemporary introduction to the key issues in educational philosophy and theory. Exploring major past and present conceptions of education, teaching and learning, this book makes philosophy of education relevant to the professional practice of teachers and student teachers, as well of interest to those studying education as an academic subject. The book is divided into three parts: education, teaching and professional practice: issues concerning education, the role of the teacher, the relationship of educational theory to practice and the wider moral dimensions of pedagogy learning, knowledge and curriculum: issues concerning behaviourist and cognitive theories of learning, knowledge and meaning, curriculum aims and content and evaluation and assessment schooling, society and culture: issues of the wider social and political context of education concerning liberalism and communitarianism, justice and equality, differentiation, authority and discipline. This timely and up-to-date introduction assists all those studying and/or working in education to appreciate the main philosophical sources of and influences on present day thinking about education, teaching and learning

Making Sense of Everyday Life

  • Filename: making-sense-of-everyday-life.
  • ISBN: 9780745642673
  • Release Date: 2009-07-27
  • Number of pages: 236
  • Author: Susie Scott
  • Publisher: Polity

Student-friendly introduction to the sociology of everyday life. Introduces in very accessible style the various theories used to interpret our everyday actions that on the surface of things might look mundane.

Heroines of Sport

  • Filename: heroines-of-sport.
  • ISBN: 9781134585304
  • Release Date: 2013-01-11
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Jennifer Hargreaves
  • Publisher: Routledge

Heroines of Sport looks closely at different groups of women whose stories have been excluded from previous accounts of women's sports and female heroism. It focuses on five specific groups of women from different places in the world: Black women in South Africa; Muslim women from the Middle East; Aboriginal women from Australia and Canada; and lesbian and disabled women from different countries worldwide. It also asks searching questions about colonialism and neo-colonialism in the women's international sport movement. The particular groups of women featured in the book reflect the need to look at specific categories of difference relating to class, culture, disability, ethnicity, race, religion and sexual orientation. In her account, Jennifer Hargreaves reveals how the participation of women in sport across the world is tied to their sense of difference and identity. Based on original research each chapter includes material which relates to significant political and cultural developments. Heroines of Sport will be invaluable reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of sport sociology, and will also be relevant for students working in women's studies and other specialized fields, such as development studies or the politics of Aboriginality, disability, Islam, race and sexuality.

Making Sense of Quantum Mechanics

  • Filename: making-sense-of-quantum-mechanics.
  • ISBN: 9783319258898
  • Release Date: 2016-01-12
  • Number of pages: 331
  • Author: Jean Bricmont
  • Publisher: Springer

This book explains, in simple terms, with a minimum of mathematics, why things can appear to be in two places at the same time, why correlations between simultaneous events occurring far apart cannot be explained by local mechanisms, and why, nevertheless, the quantum theory can be understood in terms of matter in motion. No need to worry, as some people do, whether a cat can be both dead and alive, whether the moon is there when nobody looks at it, or whether quantum systems need an observer to acquire definite properties. The author’s inimitable and even humorous style makes the book a pleasure to read while bringing a new clarity to many of the longstanding puzzles of quantum physics.

Making Sense of Squiggly Lines

  • Filename: making-sense-of-squiggly-lines.
  • ISBN: 0983259305
  • Release Date: 2011-03-10
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Author: Christopher Brown
  • Publisher:

This introductory book teaches the basic techniques of data analysis to help make race cars and drivers go faster. Six main channels are scrutinized including Speed, Engine RPM, Throttle Position, G Force Lateral, G Force Longitudinal and Steering Angle.

Sport Psychology

  • Filename: sport-psychology.
  • ISBN: 0415253217
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Ernest Cashmore
  • Publisher: Psychology Press

Psychology is an integral element of sport today, from the applied techniques of coaches and athletes, to the socio-psychological behaviour of sport fans. Sport and Exercise Psychology: The Key Concepts offers an introductory guide to the vocabulary of sport psychology, to its central theories and most important avenues of research, and to its application in sports performance. Modern and historical illustrations are used throughout the text, while an extensive bibliography and index ensure that the book is an indispensable research tool for any student of sport psychology.

Making Sense of Pakistan

  • Filename: making-sense-of-pakistan.
  • ISBN: 1850659656
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 274
  • Author: Farzana Shaikh
  • Publisher: Hurst & Company

Pakistan's transformation from a country once projected as a model of Muslim enlightenment to a state threatened by an Islamist take over dominates the headlines. This book argues that the country's social and political decline is rooted primarily in uncertainty about the meaning of Pakistan and the significance of 'being Pakistani'


  • Filename: why.
  • ISBN: 9781426714788
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 99
  • Author: Adam Hamilton
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press

Where is God when tragedy and suffering strike? Bestselling author Hamilton brings fresh insight to the age-old question of how to understand the will of God.

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