Soccer in Mind: A Thinking Fan's Guide to the Global Game
Published by: Rutgers University Press
Imprint: Rutgers University Press
Published: November 2021
228 Pages, 152.00 x 228.00 x 17.70 mm, 8 b-w images
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This book provides a thinking fan's guide to the world's most popular game, proposing a way of engaging soccer that sparks intellectual curiosity and employs critical consciousness. Using stories and data, along with ideas from sociology, psychology, and across the social sciences, it provides readers with new ways of understanding fanaticism, peak performance, talent development, and more. Drawing on concepts ranging from cognitive bias to globalization, it illuminates meanings of the game for players and fans while investigating impacts on our lives and communities. While it considers soccer cultures across the globe, the book also analyzes what makes U.S. soccer culture special, including its embrace of the women's game.
As a scholar, former minor league player and coach, and fan, Andrew Guest offers a distinctive perspective on soccer in society. Whatever name you call it, and whatever your interest in it, Soccer in Mind will enrich your own view of the one truly global game.
"Soccer in Mind is a fun and thought-provoking read. By bringing social science theories and research findings to some of the most well-known, thrilling moments from soccer past and present, Guest illustrates a 'thinking fandom' that encourages us all to be more curious observers of the global game. Ultimately, this book helps us to understand ourselves through soccer, offering a compelling take not only on who we are, but also how we can be better."Rachel Allison, author of Kicking Center: Gender and the Selling of Women's Professional Soccer
"Andrew Guest uses sociology and psychology to guide readers into a world of complex and malleable meanings associated with global soccer. With an engaging writing style, he presents an insightful introduction to the ways that critical thinking about sports enables us to play with ideas as we develop a better understanding of ourselves and the social worlds in which we live."Jay Coakley, author of Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies