The Influence of the Protestant Ethic on Sport and Recreation

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Why do Americans transform every type of play into competitive contests? Americans have institutionalized sport and recreation as an embodiment of national values. The nexus of these values is the Protestant ethic which emphasizes moral asceticism, rational labour, goal directed behaviour, and competitive achievement. This ethic has engendered the spirit and creed of American sport, labelled the American sport ethos. This ethos which has influenced many different sports with the result that Americans work at their play and imbue their feats with moral import. This Protestant ethic promoted the spirit of capitalism and a free market economy so it obliged both institutions and individuals to define their worth in terms of economic success. Thus capitalism transformed American sport into a business and athletes into professionals.

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Book Description Avebury, UK, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. "396 Pages. Book and foredges are lightly marked. Why do Americans transform every type of play into competitive contests? Americans have institutionalized sport and recreation as an embodiment of national values. The nexus of these values is the Protestant ethic which emphasizes moral asceticism, rational labour, goal directed behaviour, and competitive achievement. This ethic has engendered the spirit and creed of American sport, labeled the American sport ethos. This ethos which has influenced many different sports with the result that Americans work at their play and imbue their feats with moral import. This Protestant ethic promoted the spirit of capitalism and a free market economy so it obliged both institutions and individuals to define their worth in terms of economic success. Thus capitalism transformed American sport into a business and athletes into professionals." "Book Description: Why do Americans transform every type of play into competitive contests? Americans have institutionalized sport and recreation as an embodiment of national values. The nexus of these values is the Protestant ethic which emphasizes moral asceticism, rational labour, goal directed behaviour, and competitive achievement. This ethic has engendered the spirit and creed of American sport, labelled the American sport ethos. This ethos which has influenced many different sports with the result that Americans work at their play and imbue their feats with moral import. This Protestant ethic promoted the spirit of capitalism and a free market economy so it obliged both institutions and individuals to define their worth in terms of economic success. Thus capitalism transformed American sport into a business and athletes into professionals." Size: 3.8 x 16.5 x 22.9 cm. 396 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Religion & Theology; ISBN: 185972387X. ISBN/EAN: 9781859723876. Bookseller Inventory # X121-1059

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