Violence in Southern Sport and Culture

Sacred Battles on the Gridiron

  • Eric Bain-Selbo

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

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Eric Bain-Selbo
    Pages 37-45
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 47-53

About this book


This book discusses violence and its connection with religion, sport and popular culture. It highlights the religious dimensions of violence and the role of violence in the religion and culture of the American South. Extending into popular culture, it then makes the case that sport—particularly American football—is a cultural phenomenon in the South with close ties with religion and violence, and that American football has come to play a central role in the civil religion of the South, fueled in part by its violent nature. The book concludes by drawing important lessons from this case study—lessons that help us to see both religion and sport in a new light.


Religion and Sport Southern Culture Religious Violence Sports and Violence College Football Southeastern Conference Southern Football

Authors and affiliations

  • Eric Bain-Selbo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and ReligionWestern Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-50058-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-50059-1
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