This book explores the theories of transhumanism and posthumanism, two philosophies that deal with radically changing bodies, minds, and even the nature of humanity itself. These fields are rapidly growing and gaining more exposure both in today's media, especially in video games and science fiction
screen media, and the minds of their fans - the so called 'geek fandom' that follows this media with a passion.
The book covers the early days of humanist thought and the birth of 'anthropocentrism', and the history of trans/posthumanist thought from ancient times through to the modern day. It looks at the way in which video game and science fiction research has developed and presents case studies from video
games and science fiction film (Xenoblade Chronicles, Xenoblade Chronicles X and EX_MACHINA).
The author provides a unique insight into trans/posthuman theory, one of the most interesting theories the future of humanity, and demonstrates how the media – especially in the realm of science-fiction and video games - has been fixated on it.
Sport and the environment are inextricably linked. Sport is dependent on its environmental contexts and is potentially environmentally impactful in its own right. Sport facilities – like ski hills, golf courses, and stadiums – can upset ecosystems and displace local residents. Teams and
fans commonly travel in cars and planes that emit CO2. Rising temperatures might make participation in some sports impossible. Other examples abound. Yet while sport can be environmentally damaging, there is also hope that it can be a force for positive environmental change – for example, in
modelling pro-environment forms of sport, and in decision-making by sport’s many stakeholders.
In a context where pressing concerns about the climate crisis have inspired calls for changes in how people relate to the environment, questions remain about the environmental sustainability of sport. Such questions are at the core of Sport and the Environment: Politics and Preferred Futures, which
brings together a diverse collection of contributors to explore a range of topics, such as how sport is implicated in environmentally damaging activities, how decisions about responding to environmental issues are made, who benefits most and least from these decisions, and, ultimately, what a truly
environmentally-friendly sport could look like.
This book is the first of its kind to focus on the role of economics, social issues and sustainability in terms of sport entrepreneurship, thereby paving the way for both a monetary and social perspective of the subject. Ratten focuses on sport entrepreneurship from multiple levels of analysis
including the athlete, manager, fan and company viewpoint, enabling a holistic understanding of how sport entrepreneurship emerges in society and the role it plays in the knowledge economy.
Sport Entrepreneurship: An Economic, Social and Sustainability Perspective is fundamentally about innovation, competitiveness and futuristic thinking. This exciting work focuses on how digital technology is driving transformations in the sport industry, enabling readers to understand the shift in
sport towards integrating more entrepreneurial activity. Also examined is the role of the knowledge economy in facilitating the shift from a product orientated to more service and technology oriented sport ecosystem. This edited collection enables a change in the way sport entrepreneurship is
currently conceived and looks at how it can migrate towards economic, social and sustainability.
Public awareness of and sensitivity to questions of pain, risk and injury in sport is more acute than ever before. Whether it is questions of what sport (and fans) can realistically and responsibly expect of athletes, how revered practices almost inevitably culminate in suffering bodies, or the
widespread attention being paid to injury outcomes (especially concussion), it is clear that sport in many settings currently operates in a climate that is both more scientifically and medically aware and more sensitive to risk 'outcomes'.
This volume closely explores the full panorama of pain, risk and injury in the cultural, organizational and legal orbits of sport spaces. Aimed at students, researchers as well as applied professionals, the volume sets the cultural, structural and organizational context that gives rise to pain, risk
and injury in the first place, provides substantive empirical examples from diverse sports arenas, looks at the key issues and dimensions of pain, risk and injury in the social consciousness today, and explores three different 'spins' on making sense of the subject matter -- from the position of the
issue of consent and the courts, from the position of exploitation and corporate victimization, and from the understudied position of why athletes exit sport as an outcome of pain and injury and with what consequences.
This timely and needed addition to the sport literature is an exciting 'on-the-bubble' treatment of a topic that is increasingly troubling authorities and affecting how and whether sport is undertaken.