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Author Harris, John, 1972-

Title Rugby union and globalization : an odd-shaped world / John Harris
Published Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 168 pages)
Series Global culture and sport
Global culture and sport.
Contents Where and Why Rugby Matters -- The Rugby World Cup -- Power Shifts: From League to Union -- The Rugby Player as Celebrity -- Player Migration in the Professional Age -- The Migration of Coaches in Rugby Union -- Passports of Convenience -- The Lions Roar -- Flattening the Rugby World
Summary "In 1995 rugby union finally became a professional sport following more than a century as an amateur game. This_book offers a critical analysis of the sport in the professional era and assesses the relationship between the local and the global in contemporary rugby union"-- Provided by publisher
This book provides a critical analysis of rugby union in the professional era and assesses the relationship between the local and the global in the game. Through focusing on key figures and important events it traces the turbulent development of a game steeped in an amateur ethos, yet now operating in a professional sports world. It highlights that rugby can be viewed as a vehicle for engaging, and further understanding, broader societal issues related to the social, cultural, economic and political conditions shaping local and global landscapes. Areas included in the analysis include discussions of the increased migration of rugby players and coaches, the inception of a rugby world cup competition and the future development of the sport. It locates all of these issues within a framework that explores the tensions inherent in the processes of localization and globalization and the battle between tradition and change
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Nationalism and sports.
Rugby Union football -- Sociological aspects.
Rugby Union football.
Sports and globalization.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
ISBN 0230289711 (electronic bk.)
9780230289710 (electronic bk.)