Andrei S. Markovits andLars Rensmann
- Who are Andrei S. Markovits andLars Rensmann? What is their background (e.g sports professional, analyst, academic, etc)? In which century / time do he live? Why do you think the authors’ experiences and educational / professional credentials in the century and time they live in qualify them to write on the book’s subject? Why so? Do you detect any biases that help or undermine the validity of the authors’ development of the themes in the book? You must justify any assertions or claims you make in developing your responses with research evidence.a)What is Markovits and Rensmann’s hypothesis or point of view on the topic of the book? What specific statement or phrase or assertion, for you, highlights their hypothesis or point of view? You must provide and underlinethis statement in their book in your essay with the appropriate textual citation.2.What four major pieces of evidence, etc, do Markovits and Rensmann use to develop the theme or hypothesis in their book? It is important to evaluate and reflect on the evidence used by the authors (evidence in the book for UNIT 4 include studies of countries, personalities, clubs / competitions, national and ethnic traditions, dates, contested politics, etc.). Does the use of evidence help explain, support, clarify, any assertions or claims thatthe authors make on the subject and culture of football / sports in the book and why? Do not merely applaud / dismiss any evidence in the book without justification and sound reasoning. Simply liking or disliking a particular type of evidence does not make a book’s assertions or claims on its subject/theme/hypothesis strong or weak.
“Gaming the World”: A Critical Review
Andrei Markovits and Lars Rensmann are sport analysts born in 1948 and 1970 respectively. They have worked comprehensively on comparative sports culture in deferent countries which qualifies them to write on the subjects of the book. I do not detect any biases that undermine their validity in the development of the themes because of their hypothesis that suggests how global sports materialized from local pastimes in Britain, Canada, and America during the Twentieth century and how division in the sector continues to grow due to regionalism.
The specific phrase that highlights their point of view is “Analyzing the continuities and changes that have characterized sports cultures in the United States and Europe, we find complex processes involving global transformations alongside persistent local and national factors” (Markovits and Rensmann 29). The evidences they used help explain and support the claims the authors make because they contribute to the proper exploration of the complex interaction between local and global sports demonstrating how they have contributed to the shared internal interests.
In the contrary, the feminization of the global sport cultures cannot be blamed for the simultaneous departure of male sport professionals from the industry and does not lead to a diminished status and prestige. According to research, the growing participation of women in sports can be termed as revolutionary (Markovits and Rensmann 163). The best example is a woman’s boxing which has since grown into a major sport in the industry. Women from different age groups and social classes are increasingly consuming and taking part in sport. According to research, professional sport has grown in importance for women as their experiences and expectations of them have also changed (Pope 38). These views are different from those of Gaming The World as they portray women as crucial to the sport world unlike the latter that associates them with the diminished prestige as status of sport in general.
Hence, as a college scholar, Gaming the World has had a crucial impact by changing my perceptions of football and sport including how important women are in their global reach. Firstly, women are increasingly joining sports. Secondly, women sports are increasingly growing in status as those of men. And lastly, women have entered the traditional male domain in sport resulting in intersectionality in the sector.
Markovits, Andrei, and Rensmann, Lars. Gaming the World: How Sports Are Reshaping Global Politics and Culture, Princeton University Press, Student edition, 2010.
Pope, Stacey. The Feminization of Sports Fandom: A Sociological Study, Research Gate, 2017.