||Geography and World Cultures/Culture
||Popular Culture/Sports, Recreation, and Leisure
With hundreds of books dedicated to conventional sports and activities, this encyclopedia on the weirdest and wackiest games offers a fresh and entertaining read for any audience.
Weird Sports and Wacky Games around the World: From Buzkashi to Zorbing focuses on what many would consider abnormal activities from across the globe. Spanning subjects that include individual games, team sports, games for men and women, and contests involving animal competitors, there is something for every reader. Whether researching a particular country or region's traditions or wanting an interesting read for pleasure, this book offers an array of uses and benefits.
Though the book focuses on games and sporting activities, the examination of these topics gives readers insight into unfamiliar places and peoples through their recreation—an essential part of the human experience that occurs in all cultures. Such activities are not only embedded in everyday life but also indelibly interconnected with social customs, war, politics, commerce, education, and national identity, making the whimsical topic of the book an appealing gateway to insightful, highly relevant information.
- Presents interesting information on a wide variety of culturally significant activities, from the ancient to the ultra-modern
- Contains entries that are detailed yet accessible for general readers
- Covers British pub games and similar activities in other countries seldom featured in reference books
- Frames each entry within a global context
- Features a list of Further Reading suggestions
- Author Info
"The content is quite readable, and the book will find an audience among general readers, making this a good choice for circulating collections. This book is suitable for high-school and public libraries, especially those where there is an interest in sports."
2016 Outstanding Reference Source — Reference and User Services Association [RUSA]
2016 IPPY Award Bronze Medal in Sports/Fitness/Recreation category — Independent Publisher
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