Muscular Christianity and the Colonial and Post-colonial World
Edited by John J. MacAloon
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Muscular Christianity and the Colonial and Post-colonial World by John J. MacAloon
Book DescriptionThis Volume explores the enormous impact the ethos of Muscular Christianity has had an on modern civil society in English-speaking nations and among the peoples they colonized. First codified by British Christian Socialists in the mid-nineteenth century, explicitly religious forms of the ideology have persistently re-emerged over ensuing decades: secularized, essentialized, and normalized versions of the ethos - the public school spirit, the games ethic, moral masculinity, the strenuous life - came to dominate and to spread rapidly across class, status, and gender lines. These developments have been appropriated by the state to support imperial military and colonial projects. Late nineteenth and early twentieth century apologists and critics alike widely understood Muscular Christianity to be a key engine of British colonialism. This text demonstrates the need to re-evaluate the entire history of Muscular Christianity comes chiefly from contemporary post-colonial studies. The papers explore fascinating case materials from Canada, the U.S., India, Japan, Papua, New Guinea, the Spanish Caribbean, and in Britain in a joint effort to outline a truly international, post-colonial sport history. This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415390743
(246mm x 174mm x mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John J. MacAloon
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Muscular Christianity and the Colonial and Post-Colonial World, Paperback (February 2009)
This book explores the impact Muscular Christianity's ethos has had an on English-speaking modern civil society. The papers include fascinating global case materials in a joint effort to outline a truly international, post-colonial sport history.
This Great Symbol, Paperback (February 2009)» View all books by John J. MacAloon
This Great Symbol is the definitive study of the origins of the modern Olympic Games and of their founder, Pierre de Coubertin, behind the blend of biography and history lies an impressive framework of cultural, social, and psychological theories.
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Author Biography - John J. MacAloon
John J MacAloon is Professor and Deputy Dean of the Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. He is author of the classic, The Great Symbol: Pierre De Coubertin and the origins of the modern Olympic Games.
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