Fields of Play: An Ethnography of Children's Sports (BOK)

Noel Dyck

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Thousands of children participate in community sports every year, enjoying recreation time with their peers, getting healthy exercise, and learning a variety of personal and group skills. At the same time, children's sports are not without controversy: parents can be overly invested in their children's exploits, competitive success is often the focus, and rising costs can limit participation. Consider, too, that these activities, billed as being for the kids, are often overlaid with other agendas by the adults who volunteer, work, and generally support children's sports. Noel Dyck incorporates nearly two decades of ethnographic field research into this anthropologically informed account that illustrates how all those involved in children's sports--boys and girls, parents, coaches, and sport officials--shape these complex, vibrant fields of play. In the process, he explores larger questions and debates about contemporary family and community and the shaping of childhood, youth, and adulthood. Bridging anthropology, sport studies, and childhood studies, Fields of Play offers a rich understanding of an area that has, to date, gained relatively little attention by social scientists.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Noel Dyck
Forlag
University Of Toronto Press
ISBN 9781442600799
Antall sider 224 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 1,4cm
Vekt 320 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Age groups: children, Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Sociology: sport & leisure