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Markovits (politics and German studies, Univ. of Michigan) and Rensmann (political science, Univ. of Michigan) provide a valuable contribution to the literature on global sport. Sports are changing at a remarkable pace, and they provide a way to communicate globally using a common language. Looking at soccer, basketball, football, baseball, and hockey, the authors illustrate the dynamics of change and highlight the influences of globalization at local and international levels. They explain the differences between the sports and the uniqueness of each sport, demonstrating their value in connection with a variety of issues. Looking at the interplay of local and global sports, they demonstrate how accounts of local sporting loyalty generate cultural discord and predisposition. Such local discord boosts old rivalries and gives rise to new ones, but on a global scale provides common awareness and opens up new opportunities for discourse. Profiles of internationally known athletes such as Dirk Nowitzki and David Beckham provide examples of how organizational tactics can enrich a sport's cultural reputation. This is a thought-provoking treatment of sports on a global stage. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. E. Beagle Berea College
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