This insightful volume considers how to locate America in the sporting world: in the traditions and rituals of a national pastime or in the baseball academies run by American professional teams in the Dominican Republic? With the athletes that carry a flag in Olympic ceremonies or among the executives in the boardrooms of Nike? The contributors argue that 'America' is located in these familiar sites and practices but also and increasingly in these novel contexts, where the bodies, strategies, and aspirations of others are becoming subject to American ludic, agonistic, and moral orders. Collectively, their contention is that American sports as a category needs to be reconsidered, to take into account the extensive networks of expertise, finance, and performance moving out from American athletic institutions as well as the ever increasing influx of talent coming from abroad that sustains American collegiate and professional athletics.
As America strives to balance cosmopolitan objectives with resurgent nationalism, it is critical to consider 'American sports' from within and without. This book will be of great interest to scholars of culture, politics, and sport.
This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.
Electronic, video and computer games have captured the interest of younger generation during the past years and have become the primary source of relaxation and fun for many. The public demand for choices in computer games has increased and there is a need to automate the process of game development. In this book we introduce a methodology for automated generation of entertaining games. The genres we address are board based games and video games. We use evolutionary algorithms to generate new and entertaining games using our proposed entertainment metrics as the fitness function.
This sturdy Sesame Street board book invites boys and girls ages 1 to 3 to play Pat-a-Cake, This Little Piggy, My Hands upon My Head, and other baby games with Elmo and his Baby friends. Bold, colorful illustrations and adult-friendly how-to-play instructions make this sturdy interactive board book the perfect baby and toddler gift!
With bright and colourful illustrations and chunky padded covers, these board books are the ideal way to introduce children to first topics. They make learning easy and a lot of fun!
A unique and practical guide for owners whose dogs develop this debilitating disease, and who want to know all about how best to help their dog, by understanding how their vet will treat the condition, and what kind of issues they need to be aware of. Includes information on exercise, and hints on how to get your dog moving again after surgery, all written in an easy-to-understand style. Discover how to motivate your dog towards recovery!
•Unique and practical guide with easy to understand text • Step-by-step explanation of all phases of the conditions and its symptoms • Understand what the vet advises • Help your dog remain calm in a stressful situation • Surgical options • Aftercare options • Make the right decision about what to do next • Discover how you and your faithful friend can enjoy life just as you always have!
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