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Violence in Southern Sport and Culture

Sacred Battles on the Gridiron


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

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and ReligionWestern Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA

About the authors

Eric Bain-Selbo is the Department Head – Philosophy and Religion at Western Kentucky University and Executive Director of the Society for Values in Higher Education. His research spans the disciplines of philosophy and religious studies, focusing primarily on social ethics, political philosophy, comparative religion, cultural criticism, and issues in higher education. He has authored numerous articles and four books, including Game Day and God: Football, Faith, and Politics in the American South (2009) and Understanding Sport as a Religious Phenomenon: An Introduction (co-authored with D. Gregory Sapp, 2016).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Violence in Southern Sport and Culture
  • Book Subtitle Sacred Battles on the Gridiron
  • Authors Eric Bain-Selbo
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Religious Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Religious Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-50058-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-50059-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 53
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Religion
    Religion and Society
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