The Development of Sports: A Comparative Analysis of the Early Institutionalization of Traditional Sports and E-Sports

Summerley, Rory (2019) The Development of Sports: A Comparative Analysis of the Early Institutionalization of Traditional Sports and E-Sports. Games and Culture, Online. p. 155541201983809. ISSN 1555-4139

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Abstract / Summary

This article takes the definition of a sport as “an institutionalized game” under which both “traditional sports” and “E-sports” fall. It takes a comparative analytical approach that examines the historical documentation and cultural output of these two major categories of sports and their early institutionalization. Given the increasing interest in, engagement with and spectator numbers of E-sports, it is worth considering the key similarities and differences between various institutions. This article examines traditional sports institutions from the mid-19th to late 19th century alongside E-sports institutions that emerged from the mid-1990s to the present day. Firstly, the processes of institutionalization are analyzed with these examples in mind and, secondly, are compared to draw out the significant differences and similarities between the factors affecting early institutionalization.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1555412019838094
Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router ** History: epub 12-05-2019; issued 12-05-2019.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Applied Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Cultural Studies, Communication, Anthropology
ISSN: 1555-4139
Subjects: Education > Sports
Courses by Department: The Games Academy > Digital Games
SWORD Depositor: Mr JISC Pubrouter
Depositing User: Rory Summerley
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2019 15:36
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 16:19
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/3283

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