It’s more than just a game.
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Sport, Culture, and Society is a series from the University of Arkansas Press that publishes monographs and collections for academics and general readers in the humanities and social sciences. Its focus is the role of sport in the development of community and the forging of individual, local, regional, and national identities.
Sport is an extraordinarily important phenomenon that pervades the lives of many people and has enormous impact on society in an assortment of different ways. At its most fundamental level, sport has the power to bring people great joy and satisfy their competitive urges while at once allowing them to form bonds and a sense of community with others from diverse backgrounds and interests and various walks of life. Sport also makes clear, especially at the highest levels of competition, the lengths that people will go to achieve victory as well as how closely connected it is to business, education, politics, economics, religion, law, family, law, family, and other societal institutions. Sport is, moreover, partly about identity development and how individuals and groups, irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic class, have sought to elevate their status and realize material success and social mobility.
Sport, Culture, and Society seeks to promote a greater understanding of the aforementioned issues and many others. Recognizing sport’s powerful influence and ability to change people’s lives in significant and important ways, the series focuses on topics ranging from urbanization and community development to biography and intercollegiate athletics. It includes both monographs and anthologies that are characterized by excellent scholarship, accessible to a wide audience, and interesting and thoughtful in design and interpretations. Singular features of the series are authors and editors representing a variety of disciplinary areas and who adopt different methodological approaches. The series also includes works by individuals at various stages of their careers, both sport studies scholars of outstanding talent just beginning to make their mark on the field and more experienced scholars of sport with established reputations.
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David K. Wiggins
David K. Wiggins is professor emeritus of sports studies and former director of the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism at George Mason University. Currently president of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH), he has held numerous positions in professional organizations, including serving as editor of the Journal of Sport History, History and Philosophy Section, editor of the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and editor of Quest. He has been involved in a number of consultantships and media initiatives; given many invited lectureships; and made numerous scholarly presentations at state, regional, and national conferences. Dr. Wiggins has published scholarly articles, book chapters, and several books on the history of sport, particularly as it relates to the involvement of African American participation in sport and physical activity. He is a three-time recipient of the Research Writing Award for Outstanding Scholarship from Research Quarterly for Exercise and Spor;, a fellow of the Research Consortium of the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; and an active fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.