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The Prophetic Dimension of Sport

  • Terry Shoemaker
  • The first-ever book to analyze the category of sport as a prophetic space in the United States

  • Brings together leading scholars in the fields of Religion and Sport to examine a meaningful aspect of sport in the modern world

  • Piques, using relevant case studies, the interests of undergraduate and graduate students, while also supplying theoretical frameworks for courses in religious and cultural studies


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Religious Studies book series (BRIEFSRESTU)

Also part of the Briefs in Religion and Sport book sub series (SBRS)

About this book


Bringing together leading scholars in the fields of Religion and Sport, this book examines the prophetic dimension of sport, to arrive at a better understanding of the nature of sports in the United States. By detailing and analyzing particular sports, a portrait of sport as an important space for social and political critique emerges. 

Sport is indisputably an important cultural phenomenon in the United States. Each year millions attend sporting events, track the statistics and lives of sports stars, collect memorabilia, engage in fantasy sports, and play various sporting games. But increasingly, sport is also a space for public articulations regarding social and political issues within the United States. What are we to make of these particular articulations? What do they tell us about the nature of sport in the United States? How are these social and political critiques formed? Why do sporting voices seem to carry more weight at this moment in history?  

Ideally suited for use in undergraduate and graduate courses, this book offers a new way of thinking about the connection between sport and religion in a secularizing society. By analyzing various sports and particular historical moments, the chapters supply a unique example of the relevance of sport as it pertains to social and political critique. 


Sport and Religion in the United States The Prophetic Dimension of Sport Sport and Contemporary Prophets Religion and Secularism in America Baseball and Religion in the US Football and Religion in the US Basketball and Religion in the US Sport as a prophetic space in the US Relevance of sport in social and political studies Sport and religion in a secularizing society Black Lives Matter in Basketball

Editors and affiliations

  • Terry Shoemaker
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious StudiesArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

About the editors

Terry Shoemaker holds a Lecturer position in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. His research focuses on sites of resistance within religious communities and social pressures inherent in religious shifts. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Prophetic Dimension of Sport
  • Editors Terry Shoemaker
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Religious Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs Religious Stud.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-02292-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-02293-8
  • Series ISSN 2510-5035
  • Series E-ISSN 2510-5043
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 57
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Religion
    Religion and Society
    American Culture
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