From its inauguration in 1973 until today, the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) has been transformed from a little-known series to a pop-cultural roadshow worth millions of euros. In a promotional context this has spurred a debate between those who want rallying to be what it was historically and those who desire a real shift into 'the commercial age'. Drawing upon interviews with key people in the sport and trans-local ethnographic research from rallies, spectator cultures, the inner life of a WRC team, and the media production facilities, this book explores these questions of commerciality and sporting identity, arguing that the WRC's sporting identity is in fact a promotional asset. Placed at the intersection of sociology and sports management, A Sociology of the World Rally Championship is essential reading on how to combine sporting heritage with commercial progress.... 10 (4): 399a419. Coakley, J. and E. Pike (2009) Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies. ... Reflexivity: Researcher as Subjecta#39;, in N. Denzin and Y. Lincoln (eds) The Handbook of Qualitative Research (2nd Edition). Thousand Oaks, Ca.
|Title||:||A Sociology of the World Rally Championship|
|Author||:||Hans Erik Naess|
|Publisher||:||Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-09-19|