God does not play dice with the Universe, or does He? Anthropological interlocutions of sport and religion


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Carter, Thomas (2012) God does not play dice with the Universe, or does He? Anthropological interlocutions of sport and religion Religion and Society, 3 (1). pp. 142-162. ISSN 2150-9298

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Religion has been a central object of anthropological inquiry since its earliest days. In contrast, sport has remained an ancillary object of interest at best. Nonetheless, anthropologists have written some provocative analyses that challenge other disciplinary approaches to sport. Principally, those analyses emerged out of anthropological approaches to religion. Concerned with the ways in which anthropology theorizes and analyzes both religion and sport, this article begins by assessing the modern-day myth that 'sport is a religion'. It then compares subject-specific approaches to the relationships between sport and religion. The article then moves to the anthropological focus on ritual as it developed in the study of religion and how those ideas were then applied to analyses of sport. The article concludes with an examination of how the anthropology of sport has moved beyond those initial efforts before discussing various anthropological approaches to sport and religion.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anthropology of sport; game; play; religious studies; ritual; sport studies
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L600 Anthropology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
V000 Historical and Philosophical studies > V600 Theology and Religious studies
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.3167/arrs.2012.030109
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 03:01
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2015 14:05
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/11648

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