The Playing Field: Making Sense of Spaces and Places in Sporting Culture


The Playing Field: Making Sense of Spaces and Places in Sporting Culture


Edited by Colin Howley and Susan Dun

Format: eBook (pdf)

Year: 2016

The Playing Field presents interdisciplinary contributions that explore the significance of space and place in modern sport, appreciating sport as a distinctly spatialized expression of physical culture within our everyday life.

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Modern sport is a key space for the construction of identity, belonging and community; a place where meaning-making is performed, shaped and embedded. The volume aims to develop new critical awareness of the social, political and economic features of sport spaces – especially, the role of sport as a distinctly spatialized expression of physical culture within everyday life. Modern sport is understood as a phenomenon existent amongst an array of other cultural practices and social spaces. The critical explorations therefore reflect the scope and multiplicity modern sport – with analyses focusing on the role of spaces and place in soccer cultures, infrastructure design, mega-events, digital technologies, sports tourism and leisure activities, and other topics. What emerges is the purposeful coalescence of academic disciplines, opening new intellectual spaces for dialogue and exchange. The interdisciplinary scope thus provides insight into the deep and multifaceted nexuses between sport places and spaces and the environments in which they reside.

Introduction: The Boundaries of Sporting Space 
Colin Howley and Susan Dun

Part I (Mega) Events and the Economics of Sporting Spaces

Making Sense of Sport Facilities
Jan Ove Tangen

Sport and the ‘Disneyfication’ of UAE
Salma Thani and Tom Heenan

Sport Mega Events and the Global South: Consequences of a Renewed Policy
Billy Graeff

General Law of the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM
Dirceu Santos Silva, Mariana Zuaneti Martins and Silvia Cristina Franco Amaral

Part II Sport and Mediated Spaces

The Tour de France and Sports Documentary Film
Colin Howley

The Hidden Spaces of Sport Coaching: Using Twitter in Daily Life
Sue Jolly and John Lyle

Part III Spaces, Places and Cultures of Fandom

Uniting the Players: Qatar’s Domestic Fan Challenges for the 2022 FIFA World
Susan Dun and Urooj Kamran Azmi

‘No Longer a Sport, No Longer a Game’: Modern Football as a Space for Nostalgia
Helen-Mary Cawood

Sport Tourism and Place Meaning at the 100th Tour de France
Cory Kulczycki

Russian Football Fans: Origins, Organisation and Challenges
Lyubov A. Tsyganova

Part IV Sporting Spaces and Identity

Which Boys in Green? Identity Issues in Irish Soccer
David Storey

Netball’s Contestation for Physical and Mediated Space in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Margaret Henley

All-Round Weightlifting: Small Spaces, Big Weights – The Recreation and Reconceptualization of a Strength Sport
Philippe Crisp

Place, Space and the Isle of Man TT: Probing the Boundaries of Hegemony through Popular Culture
David Walton

‘Where Does My(Self) Belong in This Research?’: The Reflexive Confessions of a Sport Researcher
Simon Barrick

Part V Sporting Spaces and the Meanings of Place

Mallparks: Conceiving Cathedrals of Consumption
Michael T. Friedman

Using Drawings to Interpret Place Meanings: Depictions of Climbing Places
Cory Kulczycki, Larena Hoeber and Katherine Sveinson

Ultra-Marathons and Place Meaning for Visiting Support Crews
Tom Hinch and Nick Holt

Colin Howley is an assistant professor of English and Communication at Richmond, the American International University in London. His research explores the representation of sport in popular culture with particular interests in sports documentary film, cinema and literature.

Susan Dun is an assistant professor in residence in the Department of Communication at Northwestern University, Qatar. Her research investigates sport and physical activity in the Muslim world with a focus on mega-events and media portrayals and effects.