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  • Fields of Play: An Ethnography of Children's Sports
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  • By Noel Dyck
  • 2012
  • Published by: University of Toronto Press
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Thousands of children participate in community sports every year, enjoying recreation time with their peers, getting healthy exercise, and learning a variety of personal and group skills. At the same time, children's sports are not without controversy: parents can be overly invested in their children's exploits, competitive success is often the focus, and rising costs can limit participation. Consider, too, that these activities, billed as being for the kids, are often overlaid with other agendas by the adults who volunteer, work, and generally support children's sports.

Noel Dyck incorporates nearly two decades of ethnographic field research into this anthropologically informed account that illustrates how all those involved in children's sports—boys and girls, parents, coaches, and sport officials—shape these complex, vibrant fields of play. In the process, he explores larger questions and debates about contemporary family and community and the shaping of childhood, youth, and adulthood. Bridging anthropology, sport studies, and childhood studies, Fields of Play offers a rich understanding of an area that has, to date, gained relatively little attention by social scientists.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1 Encountering the Fields of Play
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. "2 "What Kids Really Need": The Systematizing of Sport in Canada"
  2. pp. 25-48
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  1. 3 Becoming Sport Parents
  2. pp. 49-78
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  1. 4 Organizing and Coaching Community Sports
  2. pp. 79-100
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  1. 5 Becoming Athletes and Players
  2. pp. 101-140
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  1. 6 Pulling Together and Apart in Community Sports
  2. pp. 141-166
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  1. 7 Sporting Dreams
  2. pp. 167-188
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  1. 8 How the Game is Played
  2. pp. 189-196
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 197-206
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 207-214
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