Fun, fervor or fitness? : sporting cultures and happiness


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All cultures have played games or sports, although the forms and formats have undoubtedly changed over time. Today, for many people sport is about exercise, leisure, and doing things for fun, but clearly it is also much more than that. At an institutionalized level sport is an activity that is both strenuous and involves competition, sometimes intense competition. Yet it should also be enjoyable for both players and spectators. According to one nineteenth century etymologist, sport means “mirth”, being derived form the medieval English word “disporten”, to amuse (Tomlinson 1999, p. 5).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHappiness and public policy : theory, case studies and implications
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780230288027
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006


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