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Contemporary Sport
Contemporary sport
Introduction

In previous chapters we've followed the field of sport from its beginnings in English public schools to its transformation into a global media spectacle. This chapter takes up the story of sport in what we can call its contemporary phase (over the last forty years or so), in which time the relatively incipient and equivocal relationship that the field developed with media, capitalism and government has become a symbiosis. We'll focus on the relationship between the set of authorized discourses and narratives that characterize the field and the new social, cultural, political, technological and economic contexts in which they operate. It may “go without saying” (Bourdieu 1991a: 366), but it still needs to be said that:

the popularization of sport, down from the ...

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