Foul Play (Paperback)
What's Wrong with Sport
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Common wisdom decrees that sport has an overwhelmingly positive influence on our civilisation. It’s good for your health, builds character, unites nations and generates peace and love and understanding across the globe…Or so we are told by sporting evangelists who spread the word on the back – and now increasingly the front – pages of our newspapers. But are we being sold a lie? “Foul Play” shows how our belief in the value of sport is misplaced.Tracing the history of organised game-playing, it argues that sport is a last refuge for sexism, racism, homophobia and animal cruelty. It cites neglected research in psychology, showing how playing sport tends to impinge negatively on your morals. And it asks why sports fans are so judgemental about what is, after all, only a game.”Foul Play” is for anyone who believes that their head is not just for keepie-uppies.
Joe Humphreys is an Irish journalist and author. Having been a (highly-unsuccessful) racing tipster, he is currently a staff journalist with the Irish Times, writing news, features, and even occasionally sport. Born and raised in Ireland, he holds an MA in Political Philosophy, supports West Ham United, and lives currently in South Africa.